Player on Dallas Mavericks roster bubble: 3. Frank Ntilikina
The Mavs officially signed Ntilikina less than two weeks before training camp began where he earned a two-year deal, but only the first season is guaranteed. The 23-year-old was the eighth overall pick in 2017, but he failed to blossom during his four seasons in New York. Can Ntilikina prove he is ready for a nightly role on a playoff team?
The French Prince brings the defense. He is 6’4 with an incredible 7’1 wingspan. Ntilikina’s length and ability to guard on the perimeter give his team versatility. The 23-year-old can match up on any player one through three, and he should quickly be able to showcase his talents in head coach Jason Kidd’s new scheme.
Ntilikina must improve his offensive game to stick in the NBA. He was billed as a point guard coming out of the draft, but his playmaking ability has not impressed. Ntilikina is a poor shooter, but he showed significant improvement in that area over the last year. The Dallas Mavericks need him to contribute something on the offensive end of the floor if he is going to earn a nightly role.
Frank Ntilikina must perform well during training camp, or he could be cut before opening night. The 23-year-old is one of the many Mavs to watch this season.