Frank Ntilikina

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  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina left the USA for his native France in late June and he is expected to play along with Sekou Doumbouya of the Pistons and Adam Mokoka of the Bulls in a newly-created summer tournament in Paris.

    With the French League, as well as another summer tournament called Quai54, canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new event called the Amiral has been arranged by professional players in Paris. With Ntilikina getting a run at it, it’s unclear whether he’ll fly back to the United States if the NBA holds a bubble minicamp in Chicago for the eight teams excluded from the Orlando restart. Regardless, the Knicks are in a transition period and it remains to be seen whether the French guard remains in their future plans.

    Source: NY Post

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton was able to produce 99/125 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues due to his high assist (7.2) and steal (1.6) numbers.

    At the beginning of the season, it was unclear who the starting point guard would be for the Knicks. They have three young guards in Payton, Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr., who was the key piece of the Kristaps Porziņģis trade. After returning from a hamstring injury that cost Payton 17 consecutive games, it became clear by mid-December that he was the starting point guard and he started every game that he was healthy from December 21 on. Payton struggles to help in other categories outside of assists and steals as he averaged 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 0.3 threes and 2.1 turnovers in 27.7 mpg on .439 shooting from the field, a horrendous .203 from long range and an awful .570 from the charity stripe. The Knicks have a $7M option on Payton for the 2020-21 season ($1M guaranteed) and it seems likely that they will bring him back as either the starter or as a primary back-up. Until he proves that he can become a more efficient player on the offensive end, Payton will remain as a standard-league specialist and figures to remain around the same value we have seen over the past three seasons.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    In his third year with the Knicks and the league, Frank Ntilikina averaged 6.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 threes and 1.2 turnovers in 20.8 mpg across 57 games with 26 starts.

    The biggest improvement for Ntilikina was with his efficiency as he had career-bests in all the percentages (.393/.321/.864 splits). While these are still disappointing numbers, it is the area that needed to improve the most in order to enter the fantasy conversation. Ntlikina will enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2020-21 and has the opportunity to improve on his 233/248 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues if he continues to improve his efficiency. Although Ntilikina was drafted as a point guard, he may end up playing more and more at small forward if the Knicks continue to go with Elfrid Payton.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, the Knicks are no longer interested in trading Frank Ntilikina after the improvement that he showed in 2019-20.

    Frankie Smokes has disappointed since the Knicks spent a top-10 pick on him back in 2017 and the team was looking to trade him until his improved play this season. Although he still has a ways to go to become a reliable shooter in the league (.393 FG shooting in 2019-20), Ntilikina notched career highs in all of his percentages. His most notable jump came at the free throw line as he increased his career numbers by nearly six percentage points while seeing a slight uptick in volume.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina had a double-double on Tuesday vs. the Wizards, finishing with a season-high 20 points ( 6-of-9 FG, 3-for-5 3PT), 10 rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes, which was tied for a team-high.

    This effort came out of nowhere and there's no reason to expect consistent production from Ntilikina as the season winds down. That being said, as the games become more and more meaningless for the Knicks, they could give guys like Ntilikina more floor time. Leave him on the wire.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (right ankle) is probable to face the Pistons on Sunday.

    Ntilikina continues to be praised as a great defender but is not consistent enough in the minutes or stat-sheet departments to be considered in fantasy leagues.

    Source: Greg Joyce on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (right ankle) has been deemed questionable to return to Friday's game against the Thunder due to a strained right ankle.

    Now we know why Ntilikina fouled intentionally to check out of the game in the second quarter. He hasn't held any fantasy value this season, proceed as you normally would.

    Source: Chris Iseman on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina is headed to locker room midway through the second quarter of Friday's game vs. the Thunder, having taken his right shoe off and fouling intentionally in order to check out of the game.

    No information has been provided yet. Stay tuned.

    Source: Steve Popper on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) was able to give it a go on Saturday and saw 17 minutes off the bench, recording four points, two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Elfrid Payton was awful in 33 minutes, going 1-for-4 from the field and the free-throw line for three points, one rebound and 10 assists. As long as Payton is playing, Ntilikina will not be a viable player in fantasy.

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) will return to action on Saturday against the Bulls.

    Ntilikina should return to the backup PG minutes with Dennis Smith out. He's a deep-league option for steals but there's very limited upside while Elfrid Payton is on his roll.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina is probable heading into Saturday's contest vs. the Bulls, as he continues to recover from a sore groin.

    Ntilikina is the backup point guard for the Knicks, and he will have a difficult time entering the discussion past deep leagues in these circumstances. Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion protocol) has been ruled out, which will give Ntilikina a few more minutes for this game.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) has been downgraded to out ahead of Thursday’s game vs. the Sixers.

    Ntilikina is second on the depth chart behind Elfrid Payton. Frank would need to play starter-level minutes in order to enter the standard league conversation. For now, he is a low-end defensive-specialist handcuff.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina (sore groin) is doubtful to play on Thursday.

    Ntilikina was the starter in New York at the beginning of the season but has faded with the return of Elfrid Payton, and now it's possible that he's lost the backup gig to Dennis Smith Jr. Frankie Smokes is only an option in the deepest of leagues when healthy.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Elfrid Payton
    PG, New York Knicks

    Elfrid Payton (right ankle soreness) will return to action for Wednesday’s matchup vs. the Hornets.

    Payton will be able to play in his first game after the All-Star break, after missing the last two contests. He has proven to be the most reliable point guard that the Knicks have on their roster this season and should be rostered across standard formats as he is currently producing top-91/108 per-game value in 8/9-cat this season. Dennis Smith Jr. will head back to the bench but could see limited minutes with Frank Ntilikina (groin) sidelined.

    Source: NBA Injury Report

  • Frank Ntilikina
    PG, New York Knicks

    Frank Ntilikina will miss Wednesday's game against the Hornets due to a sore groin.

    This will be the second consecutive game where Ntilikina won’t be able to play. Elfrid Payton is expected to be back though while Dennis Smith Jr. is getting the backup minutes for now.

    Source: Knicks PR on Twitter