Frank Ntilikina says ‘starting would be a goal for me in the future’
With this season all but lost for the New York Knicks Knicks, it appears that they want to go younger and get more playing time for the guys that are a part of their future. That could mean a bigger role for Frank Ntilikina who the Knicks hope will be a big part of the organization for a long time.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek said after the Knicks’ last game that he would like to see more playing time for Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke which would mean less playing time for current starting point guard Jarret Jack.
Although Hornacek hasn’t exactly said who he wants to be the new starter, it’s no question that Ntilikina would probably be the top choice.
When asked about it at All-Star Weekend by Marc Berman of the New York Post, Ntilikina gave his thoughts:
“Whatever situation coach puts me in, I’ll go all out. Of course starting would be a goal for me in the future. If it’s going to be now, I’ll love it.
After being drafted with the 8th pick by the New York Knicks in the 2017 draft, Ntilikina has made some huge strides this year.
In 20.1 minutes per game this year he is averaging 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.0 rebounds. At some point, his minutes have been inconsistent though, so his production would no doubt go up. if he was the starter and getting 30 minutes night in and night out.
Even if he doesn’t start right now though, expect him to improve his game the rest of the year and look to try and start next season with a new role.