The Dallas Mavericks need another ball-handler after the departure of Jalen Brunson. They had their most success last season with two playmakers on the floor, but the Mavs have just Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie left on the roster after Brunson signed with the Knicks in free agency and Trey Burke was traded to Houston.
Owner Mark Cuban did an interview with Dallasbasketball.com where he was asked about the state of the team’s playmaking among other topics. Cuban reaffirmed his belief in the team’s offense and hyped Frank Ntilikina.
The 6’4 guard was viewed as a point guard coming into the 2017 NBA Draft, but he failed to make things work in that role during his time in New York. Should fans expect more from the French Prince? Here is a look at Cuban’s quote, what Ntilikina has produced, and if there is room for growth.
Mark Cuban hypes Frank Ntilikina: Should Dallas Mavericks fans expect more?
Cuban immediately brought up Ntilikina when asked about the state of the team’s playmaking situation after losing Brunson. See the owner’s quote below.
"People forget we have Frank, who will be better this year. We went into last season with Luka, JB, and Frank and turned our season around more than a month before the trade deadline."
Cuban went on to highlight that the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. and the addition of Christian Wood should give them plenty of offensive punch. The boss again mentioned Ntilikina and Wood when asked about the most underrated Mavericks.
Cuban has significant plans for the French Prince this season, but should fans? Could the team be shifting its philosophy on how to build a title contender around Luka Doncic? Here is a look at what Ntilikina has shown and what could be next for the 24-year-old.