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Mavericks: 3 players that must prove they belong in 2020-21

Dallas Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina
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Dallas Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina
Dallas Mavericks, Frank Ntilikina / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks player looking to prove they belong: 2. Frank Ntilikina

Ntilikina’s time with the Knicks did not go as planned for any party involved. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and was billed as the point guard of the future in New York, but the French Prince never blossomed with the Knicks. He was in and out of the rotation last season and averaged just 9.8 minutes per game over 33 contests. The Knicks left the 23-year-old walk during free agency this summer.

Dallas did not officially sign Frank Ntilikina until Sept. 16. There were multiple reasons why the talented 23-year-old was still on the market that late into the offseason. He is a strong perimeter defender, but his offensive game is non-existent. Ntilikina struggles to knock down jumpers and his ball-handling and playmaking are subpar. He needs to improve on that end of the floor to have a lengthy NBA career.

Ntilikina signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, but only the first season is guaranteed. It is a make-or-break year for the 6’4 guard. If he fails to earn a consistent role and does not knock down shots, he could struggle to find an NBA home next season.

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