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Video: Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina hard at work on his 3-point shot

Frank Ntilikina, Knicks

Frank Ntilikina, the erstwhile No.8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has not quite lived up to the immeasurable hype that comes with being a Top 10 pick and playing for the New York Knicks.

Ntilikina, who has been in plenty of trade rumors in the past season, is likely to be dealt away by the Knicks. After all, there were speculations previously that the team has given up on him.

While that is the case, however, it’s clear the French guard is not giving up on himself. In fact, in a recent clip, Ntilikina can be seen working hard on improving his 3-point shot.

Drilling 3-pointers is clearly something that Ntilikina needs to add to his repertoire if he wants to find a role in the NBA. Across the two years of his career, the 20-year-old guard has only shot 30.5 percent from deep.

Last season, Ntilikina’s efficiency on triples dipped to a rather unsightly 28.7 percent on an even higher volume attempts. That combination of increased volume and decreased efficiency does not breed confidence for his future as a perimeter marksman, but there is certainly some positivity to be gleaned from his form in this short clip.

Ntilikina seems to get less lift off the ground when he jumps for the shot, making it slightly more versatile at various different distances. His wrist motion also seems cleaned up since entering the league.

With the future in flux for the Knicks, let’s hope Frankie Smokes can provide them a glimmer of hope going forward.