The Dallas Mavericks signed Frank Ntilikina last summer after he won a silver medal at the Olympic Games with the French National Team. The 24-year-old was a key perimeter defender in their squad, including helping to slow down Luka Doncic in the semifinals as France barely defeated Slovenia to reach the gold medal game.
After joining the Mavs it was the first time in his NBA career that Ntilikina was not viewed as a point guard. He became a 3-and-D wing for the Mavericks as his jumper continues to improve. The 6’4 guard shot 34.2 percent from long range and continued to play his outstanding perimeter defense. Dallas guaranteed his contract for next season, and they are excited to see his continued development.
Ntilikina was set to feature for the French National Team again this summer, and fans even got a glimpse of him wearing his country’s gear a few weeks ago, but an injury has changed things. Get the latest below.
Frank Ntilikina suffers injury that will cause him to miss EuroBasket
The French National Team issued a press release on Friday that stated Ntilikina suffered an injury that will prevent him from participating in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and EuroBasket tournament. There was no word on the specific injury or how long he will have to miss.
Fans should be a bit worried as EuroBasket goes until mid-September with training camp beginning just over one week later. If Ntilikina is not healthy enough to play in EuroBasket, he could also miss the start of the Dallas Mavericks training camp.
Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on Frank Ntilikina’s injury, plus all the news, opinions, and analysis on the Mavericks in the upcoming season. Dallas will be looking to build on their run to the conference finals, but they need to stay healthy and keep improving.