How will New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau utilize Frank Ntilikina? Drafted just three years ago in 2017, Frank Ntilikina is the longest-tenured player on the New York Knicks roster, alongside Damyean Dotson, who was drafted the same year. It hasn’t been an easy ride for Ntilikina ever since he was selected as the eight pick by former team president Phil Jackson who mainly drafted the guard to run the triangle offense.
The Knicks traded their leading scorer to the Clippers for Queens native Mo Harkless, as well as Los Angeles’ 2020 first-round pick, currently projected to land at No. in this year’s draft. On a team that boasts two All-Stars and two Sixth Man of the Year candidates in Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, “Mook” has not had the same number of looks that he received in New York.
The Celtics almost fell out of luck in replacing Kyrie Irving last offseason. Celtics star point guard Kemba Walker revealed on The Ringer’s “R2C2” podcast that he almost picked playing for the Knicks rather than the Celtics when he was a free agent in 2019. To be honest, yes.