Frank Ntilikina could use some time in the G League, but the New York Knicks likely are scared to make the move.
New York Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina has shown some promise this season, but has been too up and down lately for head coach Jeff Hornacek to fully trust him.
With the emergence of Trey Burke, the Knicks should think about having Ntilikina play at least two games with their G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks.
I would be very surprised if the Knicks do end up sending Ntilikina to Westchester, for the fact that they’re likely worried about his ego getting hurt with a “demotion.” But if it’s just for a few games, it really wouldn’t be a big deal.
The good news for the Knicks and Ntilikina is that he’s only 19 years-old and is adapting to the NBA after playing in France, so the expectations shouldn’t be high right now. He’s only shooting 35 percent from the field and could use some time in Westchester in order to let loose.
Hornacek says he’s not worried about Ntilikina’s shooting percentage.
“I don’t think so,’’ Hornacek said, via the NY Post. “I was career almost 50 [percent shooter] and shot 42, 43 my rookie year. It’s a new experience coming in as a rookie. You got to get shots off quicker, learning the pace of the game, all the travel, legs are tired, how to shoot when you’re tired. There’s going to be ups and downs as a rookie.’’
New York has two capable point guards in Burke and Jarrett Jack, they would be just fine without Ntilikina for 2-3 games.
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