Frank Ntilikina on playing shooting guard after Emmanuel Mudiay trade
For the New York Knicks (23-36) at this point in the 2017-18 NBA season, they essentially have had the wheels come off the wagon and limped their way into the All-Star break. One bright spot, however, is to see how well young guards Frank Ntilikina and the newly-acquired Emmanuel Mudiay will play together.
According to an article written on Saturday by Marc Berman of the New York Post, Ntilikina is starting to make the transition to more of a shooting guard in head coach Jeff Hornacek’s lineup.
With the addition of Mudiay and the Knicks also having point guard Trey Burke on their roster, Ntilikina welcomes the change and is willing to do whatever it takes to make the Knicks better going forward.
“I was playing more point guard the beginning of the season, now starting to play shooting guard with Emmanuel and Trey,” Ntilikina said. “Of course it will take time. I’m getting better at it. Whatever position I have to be in to make the team better, I will go.”
Ntilikina took part in last night’s NBA Rising Stars Game at Staples Center, as he was selected more because of his success as a strong defensive player rather than his stats so far this year. He played pretty well and said that Mudiay gave him some advice before the game, as his new teammate took part in the Rising Stars Game in both 2016 and 2017.
“He told me how it was, talked to me about the mind set for this game,” Ntilikina said of his conversation with Mudiay. “He just told me to show what you can do. Shoot the ball, enjoy the moment. When you get it, shoot the ball.”
In 19 minutes of action for Team World in their 155-124 victory over Team USA, Ntilikina had six points on 3-of-6 shots from the field, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.