Should Dallas Mavericks fans expect more from Frank Ntilikina this season?
Owner Mark Cuban hyped Ntilikina, but his role will hold steady when everyone is healthy. He will be fighting for minutes on the wing with Josh Green for the fourth spot behind Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Tim Hardaway Jr. There is eight to 12 minutes each game available, and whoever can handle the ball and organize the offense better will likely secure it.
The Mavs will ask Ntilikina to accept more offensive responsibility this season. Last season, he was always a secondary or tertiary playmaker on the floor, but there will be moments when the 24-year-old is the primary option this year.
Ntilikina is nursing an injury that will cause him to miss EuroBasket, so his status is something to watch. Hopefully, it is not serious, and the 6’4 guard is ready at the start of training camp.
Will Frank Ntilikina be overmatched handling the ball and running the offense? If so, are the Mavericks forced to trade for another option to play behind Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie? Those are questions that will be answered during training camp, which is just five weeks away.
Ntilikina is certainly someone to watch closely this season. Was Cuban right to hype him up? Does he play a larger role for the Dallas Mavericks this season? Stay tuned to find out.