NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Watch: Frank Ntilikina

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What The Experts Say

(as of 4/8/17)

Draft Express (Jonathan Givony): 10th

ESPN (Chad Ford): 11th

CBS (Howard Megdal): 11th

Sporting News (Sam Vecenie): 9th

The Step Back (Trevor Magnotti and Chris Stone): 7th


J.Z. Mazlish of The Step Back believes much of Ntilikina’s value will come in his versatility and his ability to cover a couple of in-demand NBA skillsets.

"“Ntilikina has a coveted intersection of defense and shooting. Playing next to a star wing he can provide a lot of value as a defender, spot-up shooter, and secondary playmaker, or he could even play alongside another point guard due to his size allowing him to guard 2s.”"

Jonathan Givony of Draft Express believes that Ntilikina has room to develop further, in spite of an already impressive base of NBA-level skill.

"“Likely still has plenty of room to improve athletically as his frame matures and he has NBA coaches and strength and conditioning staff in place to help him maximize his tools. Lower body in particular could get stronger, which may help him become more explosive.”"

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