With the 8th Pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks Select Frank Ntilikina
The French point guard will make his way to New York with high expectations
The New York Knicks are looking towards the future.
With the eighth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Knicks have selected Frank Ntilikina, a French point guard that played most recently in the LNB Pro A league in France for Strasbourg. In just 18.3 minutes per game, Ntilikina put up a modest 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. The draw for Filthy Frank comes from his length and defensive ability. Much like foreign prospects of the past (a certain tall Latvian comes to mind), we can only take a limited amount of things away from Ntilikina’s game, considering that he has had only brief moments of exposure to professional basketball.
Not quite 19 years of age, Ntilikina is the most raw prospect that will be drafted in the top 10. For the Knicks, a team that should be looking through a telescope rather than a magnifying glass to see their moment of potential glory, Frank personifies a long term approach. He likely won’t resemble the player that we expect him to be until at least two years into his career. Patience is a virtue with international prospects, and the French product is no different. For now, it will be exciting to see him adapt to the NBA as a young man seeing the bright lights for the first time.
For more on Filthy Frank, read our own Brendan Duball’s analysis of his game:
Phil Jackson has entered European soil before with Porzingis and Hernangómez: might he do it again with Ntilikina?theknickswall.com
— Matt Spendley, associate editor
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