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Frank Ntilikina

The New York Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. It was the last move that Phil Jackson made, as he was relieved of his duties in the front office less than a week after the draft.

Jackson had grand ideas of Ntilikina fitting into the triangle offense that he wanted the team to run. But, without him running the team, Frank Ntilikina was in a tough spot as the new front office had no allegiances to him and his development was not prioritized.

Part of the blame has to be placed on Ntilikina, but the Knicks did not put him in a great position. He is an excellent defender, but his offensive game needs work. He is an inconsistent shooter that needed reps to develop his playmaking skills as well.

Those reps never came consistently, as Frank Ntilikina played for four different head coaches in four seasons and struggled at times with injuries. He was never able to put it together as he does in international play, but there is still a spot for him in the NBA.

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Landing with a veteran-laden team that he can learn and develop from would be ideal. His defense is already excellent, so contending teams should be targeting him. The Los Angeles Lakers would be a great fit for him as they could use his perimeter defense but can afford to still develop his offensive game.