Dallas Mavericks player facing make or break season: 4. Frank Ntilikina
The Mavs signed Ntilikina to a two-year deal just before training camp opened, but only the first season is guaranteed. Dallas is going to have to eat some money to get down to 15 players for opening night, so the 23-year-old needs to play well in the preseason to even stick with the Mavericks.
Ntilikina is fighting to stay in the NBA. He was drafted eighth overall by the Knicks in 2017 but failed to blossom in New York. The French Prince played just 9.8 minutes per over 33 games in his fourth NBA season before the Knicks let him walk in free agency. If he fails to earn a consistent role with the Mavericks, NBA team's interest could decline when he hits the open market.
Ntilikina is a plus defender, but he has shot just 36.6 percent from the field for his career and failed to make an offensive impact. The 23-year-old has not reached his prime but he needs to improve his outside shooting or playmaking to stick in the league.
It will be interesting to see how the Dallas Mavericks use him on the offensive end of the floor. Will he just spot-up beyond the 3-point line or do they give him some playmaking responsibilities? Frank Ntilikina is facing a season that could make or break his NBA career.