Would Frank Ntilikina be a better fit for the New York Knicks as a combo guard?
A report came out on Tuesday that the New York Knicks have spoken to the Orlando Magic about a possible trade involving point guard Elfrid Payton.
Marc Berman of the New York Post says the Knicks are interested in Payton because they believe that rookie Frank Ntilikina could be a better fit as a combo guard. This would allow them to move him around between the one and two spots.
The Knicks are starting to wonder if Ntilikina, at 6-foot-5, is more suited in the role of a combo guard. The Frenchman is showing an ability to play shooting guard despite his playmaking skills. The Knicks have been happy with his ability to get through screens in the limited time he’s played shooting guard.
If this is the case, then trading Courtney Lee would make sense because the Knicks could give Ntilikina more playing time at the two spot as well as the one. They could in turn use Trey Burke more as a point guard.
With the Knicks’ playoff hopes pretty much dead, it will be interesting to see how New York uses Ntilikina for the remainder of the season.