Frank NtilikinaHt/Wt: 6' 5" / 180 lbs
2017 Draft Profile - Frank NtilikinaStrengths: Frank Ntilikina already possesses a rather large body frame, which is continuing to fill out. His seven-foot wingspan is already a lethal asset from the point guard position, with a body that is steadily progressing towards being NBA ready. Scouts also state that he still has a lot of room to grow, in terms of body development, which could translate to being a physical specimen from a physically-demanding position.
As a point guard, Ntilikina has the ability to use his change of pace to dictate the offense, depending on the situation. His above-par basketball IQ and unselfish attitude are qualities every coach wants in their point guard, with an excellent ability to dissect pick-and-roll scenarios.
Ntilikina plays with a certain confidence in himself while on the court, as he is poised and ready to contribute no matter the competition. Although his jump shot can use work, he has shown a desire to improve and has put forth strong results.
While he can be quiet at times, Ntilikina takes pride in being a lockdown perimeter defender. His footwork and timing are phenomenal, which allow his large frame to guard three different positions if need be. His ability to read the floor and opposing teams is a great bonus, as his defensive intensity continues whether he is on or off the ball.
Weaknesses: Although Ntilikina has tremendously improved his shot over the course of this past year, he still will have some questions when elevating to the NBA level. While he is capable of making a shot off the dribble, his stand still shot could still use some work moving forward.
Ntilikina does tend to use that change of pace style of play, but does lack a certain explosiveness from a stand still position. While compared to other NBA guards, Ntilikina will certainly need some work on his one-on-one game, to be able to score with the clock winding down.
The France native does have a quiet, Kawhi-like mentality on the court, which means it will take time for him to convert to a needed selfish player. He benefits tremendously from another scoring option by him, but was forced to take a selfish role during the U18 tournament for France.
As a point guard, his ball handling will have to improve. Since he has a large size, his elevated dribbling tends to result in turnovers, especially when being given constant full court pressure.
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Frank Ntilikina - 2015 U18 European Championship
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