The 2017 Draft class is absolutely loaded with skilled point guards. With the likes of Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, and De’Aaron Fox, one name who doesn’t get as much attention is Frank Ntilikina. This is more than likely because he did not play NCAA basketball but instead played overseas in his home country, France. The downfall of this is the NBA teams and the fans watch you less and know less about you.
Frank Ntilikina is a 6-foot-5 point guard who is rumoured to have a seven-foot wingspan. He is, much like most point guards in today’s NBA, very quick and athletic. Ntilikina shows a lot of potential on the defensive side because of these attributes. Already he has shown a great ability to get steals with that wingspan and he will only improve on that end of the ball.
Ntilikina is utilized best on offense as the ball handler in the Pick and Roll, as he has a high basketball IQ and possesses the passing ability to make the plays. Also being able to score off the dribble from the mid-range helps his pick and roll offence even further. With that being said the Frenchman plays with a very pass-first mentality and already he is an excellent passer with really good court vision.
Frank Ntilikina has shown flashes of stellar play in international competition 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/4Fq91dnD4X
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) May 31, 2017
Ntilikina’s biggest concern at the moment is his weight, only being 170lbs he is likely to get dominated at the NBA level. Although his length will help him defensively, his size disadvantages will give him a very hard time against the bigger guards. If he makes it his goal to bulk up he will be able to with in a few years, just look at Giannis Antetkounmpo from his rookie season compared to now.
A few other weaknesses/questions about Ntilikina include his inconsistency from three-point range, that he tends to be too passive at times, and lack of competition in France. This and also lack of knowledge on him is why he isn’t mentioned with Ball and Fultz, but Ntilikina has the same upside as those players.
Ntilikina is projected to go anywhere between 7-12 in the first round of the NBA draft, look for the New York Knicks to show interest. The Knicks are in need of a point guard and they took a shot with Kristaps Porzingis that paid off so they may take another European player in Ntilikina.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 7, 2017
Frank Ntilikina has a ton of potential and could end up being the steal of this draft, if he ends up in the right situation. With all the talent in this draft he could land anywhere from 5-15, but whoever picks up this young man will have a potential All-Star on their hands. We will just have to wait until June 22 for the draft to see where he ends up.