Things have not panned out for Frank Ntilikina in his NBA career thus far. The French product was selected by the New York Knicks with the 8th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft but was never able to find his footing in the league.
Phil Jackson selected him with the intentions of New York still running a triangle offense he was pushing on them from the front office. Less than a week after the draft, Jackson was relieved of his duties, leaving Ntilikina without his biggest supporter.
A large part of the blame for Ntilikina’s lack of success comes from the constant coaching staff changes. He played for four different head coaches in his first four seasons with the Knicks. His development was never put front and center, as veterans such as Ramon Sessions, Jarrett Jack and Elfrid Payton were signed to handle starting point guard duties.
Not fully committing to developing his point guard skills hurts, but those are not high bars to clear. Had Ntilikina shown real development, as he does during International play with Team France, things could have been different.
But, if there is one thing that The French Prince does well, it is playing defense. From Day 1 he has proven he can be a difference-maker on that end of the court.
At 24-years old, there are certainly teams willing to take a chance on him knowing what defensive presence he brings and hoping they can continue developing his 3-point shooting and playmaking.
Here are three teams that should still take a chance on Ntilikina in free agency.