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Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 13, 2018; London, United Kingdom; General overall view of the entrance to the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Knicks may have caught only a couple hours of sleep on their flight to London Tuesday, but they weren't thinking about the hotel beds when they landed at 10:30 a.m. They were ready to hit the London streets.

The team has an agenda for their trip to Europe to face the Wizards on Thursday, and head coach David Fizdale made it a point to include some tourist time for his squad.

"We'll try to do it in a way that doesn't have them on their feet a lot," Fizdale told The Post's Marc Berman. "But they gotta see all of that. They gotta experience it. The whole beauty of this is learning about new culture, new food, new everything. You gotta open up your mind...

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina said he is making progress from an ankle injury he suffered last week but is still feeling some pain and unsure exactly when he will return.

The second-year guard, whose injury was changed to a left ankle sprain after the team initially ruled it a strain, ruled himself as "doubtful" for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers.

"As a player and a competitor, you hate missing games," Ntilikina said, according to the New York Post's Greg Joyce. "You hate being on the side of the court and not being able to help your teammates. Obviously you're doing the job of cheering and giving advice as much as you can do on the side of the court, but you want to be on the court."

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Knicks look to build on win 00:00:53
The Knicks beat the Lakers and now look to string two in a row as they take on the Trail Blazers.

Having just played two tough games against Western Conference contenders Oklahoma City and Houston, the Trail Blazers would seem to be stepping down in competition Monday night when they play host to the New York Knicks in Portland.

That's not the way the Blazers say they are looking at it, however.

"We won't overlook (the Knicks)," Portland point guard Damian Lillard said. "We're not one of those teams that can afford to do that. We have to be a certain way mentally. We have to play a certain way on the floor to win games."

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina will miss an undetermined amount of time, beginning with Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a strained left ankle, head coach David Fizdale said, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.

Ntilikina suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday's 119-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. X-rays came back negative on Friday night.

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The New York Knicks snapped their eight game losing streak against a LeBron-less Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday. The impressive team effort included hot starts from Tim Hardaway Jr and Kevin Knox and a statement return from Mario Hezonja who was a key factor down the stretch. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr led all scorers with 22 points and made it known he was a threat after draining three shots from behind the arc in the game's first six minutes. Hardaway Jr recently mentioned how he was not a fan of the team's losing ways, and looked like he put an emphasis on snapping the eight game losing streak tonight. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina left Friday's game against the Lakers after registering just one minute of action following a left ankle strain in the first quarter. X-rays came back negative, but the sophomore point guard will not return to action. Ntiliknia grabbed one rebound and had one turnover before exiting. 

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Before the Knicks take the Staples Center court on Friday to face off against the Lakers, let's flashback to last season for a moment. 

The Lakers began the year with a lot of change to their team makeup. Two rookies -- PG Lonzo Ball and F Kyle Kuzma -- joined Brandon Ingram as the young core of the team, while Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were also fresh faces to round out the starting five for LA. They were led by Luke Walton, who was in his second year with the team after coming over from the Warriors.

As many expected, there wasn't much success as the rebuilding project spearheaded by Magic Johnson continued to roll along. Now, there were spurts where the Lakers would beat opponents like the Rockets, Celtics, and Sixers. But most of the time, they tallied their games in the loss column.

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Dec 29, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30) dribbles the ball ahead of New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)
Dec 29, 2018; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Naz Mitrou-Long (30) dribbles the ball ahead of New York Knicks guard Allonzo Trier (14) during the second half at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Isabella)

The Knicks got blown out by the Jazz and extended their losing streak to seven games, as Rudy Gobert scored 25 points and grabbed 16 reobunds to lead Utah >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday's game

 1) The Knicks were bullied out of the paint, as they were outscored 70-26 and gave up an extraordinary 60 rebounds. Rudy Gobert had the team high 16 boards, while Thabo Sefolosha and Derrick Favors each grabbed 10 rebounds a piece. 

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Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Dec 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball around New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) in the second quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Knicks were done in by the Bucks for the second straight game, as Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee to a 112-96 win on Thursday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Thursday's game

1) Yet again, Antetokounmpo was too much for the Knicks with 31 points on 10-of-21 shooting, 14 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks on the night. He also made it to the charity stripe for 14 free throw attempts, while hitting 10 of them. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Frank Ntilikina wasn't gifted with any Christmas playing time with his mother in from France for Tuesday's loss at the Garden. But that's about to change Thursday night.

Knicks coach David Fizdale said the point guard will play in the team's rematch against the Bucks in Milwaukee following Ntilikina's fourth DNP of the season. (New York Post)

Fizdale said he is happy with how the NBA sophomore has handled his time on the bench.

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Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports  (Bill Streicher)
Dec 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers guard Jimmy Butler (23) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

It wasn't a Merry Christmas for Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina on Tuesday, as he didn't see the court in the team's loss to the Bucks. 

With his mother, Jacqueline, in attendance after flying from France to New York, Ntilikina was a DNP for the fourth time this season. He has had three other games of this status earlier this month, with head coach David Fizdale choosing to go with Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke instead. 

And it looked like that came as a surprise to Ntilikina.

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New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks lost to the Indiana Pacers 110-99 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. While four of five Knicks starters finished in double figures, they couldn't find a way to stop Indiana's Victor Oladipo, who scored a game-high 26 points. 

2. Enes Kanter recorded a double-double of 20 points and 15 rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 and Emmanuel Mudiay 18 for New York, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Courtney Lee, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Indiana Pacers, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and forward Khris Middleton during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks will be without Mitchell Robinson on Sunday vs. the Pacers. 

The rookie center was ruled out for the game on Saturday, per Steve Popper of Newsday, as he recovers from a left ankle sprain he sustained in Friday's 126-124 overtime win over the Hornets. 

Frank Ntilikina also sustained an ankle sprain on Friday, but he is expected to play as is Trey Burke, who has been out with a sprained knee since Dec. 1.  

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Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)
Dec 14, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay (1) reacts after missing a possible game winning shot in the closing seconds of the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center. The Knicks won in overtime 126-124. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Sharpe)

Down as much as 21 points, the Knicks battled back to defeat the Hornets in a thrilling overtime bout, 126-124, in Charlotte. >> Box score

Things to know about Friday's game

1) Emmanuel Mudiay tallied a career high in points with 34 on the night, and he came up big for the Knicks down the stretch. He almost ended the game in regulation with a three-ball that just rimmed out. But in overtime, he had key buckets to keep the Knicks' lead as they held off a late Hornets comeback. He collected eight assists and three rebounds as well.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)
Dec 12, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) in the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

The Knicks battled back from a 22-point deficit, but they ultimately fell short to Cavaliers, 113-106, on the road Wednesday night. >> Box score

Things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Knicks made a big comeback in the second half, with rookie Kevin Knox putting them up by one with a thunderous transition dunk. But the Cavs got the lead back from a Rodney Hood floater, and would further it after the Knicks were forced to foul following a miss. The critical play of the game, though, came on an inbound following a timeout where Emmanuel Mudiay couldn't find a teammate to get the ball to in a three-point game. It ended the Knicks' chance at a comeback.

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Rodions Kurucs during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks dropped their fourth straight game with a 119-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. Rookie Kevin Knox recorded a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Frank Ntilikina came off the bench and scored all of his career-high 18 points in the second half.

2. The Knicks have lost four games in a row and six of their last seven. Each time, they have allowed at least 110 points.

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Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) dribbles the ball against New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Knicks tried mounting a fourth-quarter comeback, but the Nets handed them their third straight loss in a 112-104 bout at The Garden.>> Box score

Things to know about Saturday night's game

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The New York Knicks' second-year guard Frank Ntilikina has been a hot topic in trade rumors this season, with his poor shooting from the floor and recent string of DNP-CD's only intensifying the murmurs. Ntilikina is still just 20 years old and a fantastic defender for his age, leaving many fans optimistic he can turn this season around and continue to improve into a solid NBA player. However, if the front office deems him too much of a project, they could entertain some offers. Here are five potential trades with the five rumored teams interested in Ntilikina.

Frank Ntilikina for Jonathan Isaac

The Orlando Magic have a serious hole at point guard, with DJ Augustin manning the starting unit and the struggling Jerian Grant as backup. They've long searched for a young franchise piece at the one, with Elfrid Payton once being the guy before dealing him to the Phoenix Suns. If they believe Ntilikina can step into that role, they could look to move Jonathan Isaac, a fellow second-year player and New York native. He'd make for an interesting pairing with Kristaps Porzingis as someone who could potentially switch and defend multiple positions while playing either forward spot. Orlando has a few too many frontcourt prospects, so balancing out its core a bit could be intriguing. An alternative is dealing Grant and a first-round pick, perhaps with some protections, for Ntilikina.

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Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Frank Ntilikina is frustrated about being asked if he's frustrated.

The Knicks guard snapped at a reporter following practice on Wednesday, responding to another question about his mindset riding the bench over the last two games.

"You see now," he said, per the New York Post. "How do I look?"

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Knicks fall against Wizards 00:00:42
The Knicks fell short against the Wizards, losing 110-107. There were some good moments in the 1st half, but not so great in the 2nd.

The Knicks' late comeback bid fell short as they lost to the Washington Wizards 110-107 on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1. New York, which led by nine at halftime, trailed 107-92 with 3:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. But after Noah Vonleh's layup capped a 12-0 run, Washington's John Wall iced the game with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left.

2. After their three-game winning streak, the Knicks have lost three of four games and allowed at least 110 points in each game. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A day after getting bashed (along with Kevin Knox) by unnamed Knicks officials, Frank Ntilikina was benched during Saturday night's win against the Bucks at Madison Square Garden.

But Ntilikina says he's not frustrated by being nailed to the bench.

"It's not frustration," Ntilikina said after the game, according to Peter Botte of the New York Post. "I think it's motivation because as a competitor you want to be out there on the court to help your team. My job and my mindset is to keep working harder to be able to get back on the court."

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Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Nov 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) drives the ball past the New Orleans Pelicans in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

The returns are in. And unfortunately for two young Knicks, the reviews of their play is not all that positive. At least that's what a group of scouts and NBA personnel told the New York Post's Marc Berman.

"If the Knicks' last two lottery picks were stocks, they'd be plummeting."

That was the lede in a story published Thursday by Berman, and given the scouts and other NBA personnel he spoke with, it's not exactly an unfair characterization of what is in front of two players the Knicks have invested a good deal of effort in bringing along.

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Ntilikina may need patience 00:00:46
Amid the struggles of Frank Ntilikina, SNY looks at other players who struggled in their age 20 seasons, but went on to find NBA success.

In what was designed from the start to be a rebuilding year, the Knicks' most important objective has been player development. There have been some pleasant surprises on that end - the emergence of undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier, for one - but the team was hoping for a step forward from 2017 lottery pick Frank Ntilikina that has thus far not come.

In his second season, Frankie Smokes' offense, already a liability as a rookie, has taken another hit.

He's shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from beyond the arc. Once thought to be the Knicks' long-term future point guard, Ntilikina's assist rate is down, too, from 20 percent to 16.2.

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Two more teams have emerged with interest in Knicks second-year guard Frank Ntilikina. 

Per ESPN's Ian Begley, the Phoenix Suns contacted the Knicks about Ntilikina while Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports that the Grizzlies reache out about him, too. 

On Thursday, it was reported by The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov that there was "league-wide interest" in Ntilikina and the Magic were one of those teams. 

 

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

There is "NBA-wide" trade interest in Knicks second-year guard Frank Ntilikina, according to The Athletic's Mike Vorkunov.

The Orlango Magic are among the teams interested in him, while the Philadelphia 76ers were scouting him during Wednesday's Knicks-76ers game, according to Vorkunov.

The 20-year-old Ntilikina, New York's first-round pick in 2017, has been held scoreless in back-to-back games and four times in the past 10, however a different scout told Vorkunov that Ntilikina is "intriguing" as a player.

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For many, the NBA Draft is like Christmas morning. We go to bed the night before the big day, dreaming of the shiny new prospects who soon might be ours.

But often times, instead of getting Madden 64 like we asked for, our mom ends up buying NFL Quarterback Club 98 because "the man at the store said it's basically the same!"

To this point, the 2017 Draft has yielded many more duds than it has studs, and Frank Ntilikina and Markelle Fultz - both of whom had been born before those games were released - seem more and more like they're destined to be traded in for $5.85 in GameStop credit...

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Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)
Nov 14, 2018; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots the ball over New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Ferguson)

The Knicks tried a new starting five on Wednesday night, but it didn't work as Paul George led the Thunder to a dominant 128-103 win on their home court. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Head coach David Fizdale mixed up his starters with rookie Kevin Knox getting his first career start, and Emmanuel Mudiay taking over for Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina respectively. But the move didn't change the woes the Knicks have faced in the last three games. Knox did finish with 15 points, but only on 5-of-16 from the field, including two three-pointers. Mudiay had just seven points, and was quick to dish the ball back out to the perimeter when he looked to have an open lane to the bucket on some possessions.

 

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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

It could be Kevin Knox' time to shine for the Knicks.

Head coach David Fizdale has seen his team suffer back-to-back blowout losses, and as a result, some lineup changes may follow. His first big switch was benching Enes Kanter, Trey Burke, and Lance Thomas for Mitchell Robinson, Damyean Dotson and Noah Vonleh

As the Knicks fly to Oklahoma to face off against the Thunder on Wednesday night, there could be another new starting five when both teams tip off...

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Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 20, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) and Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Knicks are shaking up their lineup for Wednesday night's game, with Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay in, replacing Damyean Dotson and Frank Ntilikina.

Ntilikina had been struggling with his shot recently, with head coach David Fizdale limiting him to six minutes during Sunday's loss to the Magic.

Knox, who recently returned after dealing with an ankle injury, has been shaking off the rust while coming off the bench and will be making his first career start...

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Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin drives past New York Knicks guard Emmanuel Mudiay at Madison Square Garden. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

A poor first quarter doomed the Knicks as they lost to the Orlando Magic 115-89 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1. The Knicks were held scoreless for the first 4:54 of the game and were outscored 30-10 in the opening frame as they lost for the fourth time in their last five games.

2. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mario Hezonja combined to make 5 of 22 shots, as New York was outshot .449 to .356. The Knicks shot 5-of-28 from beyond the arc, while the Magic made 17 of 41 3-pointers.

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Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)
Nov 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (right) controls the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (left) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports (John E. Sokolowski)

The Eastern Conference-best Raptors were too much for the Knicks, as New York fell 128-112 in Toronto on Saturday. >> Box Score

Things to know about Saturday's game

1) There was sloppy basketball to kick off this one, with both teams not hitting their shots and turning the ball over. But when things settled down, the Knicks were keeping up with the Raptors as the first quarter ending in a 25-25 tie. But the home team turned it up in the second quarter with 39 points to New York's 28, and ran away from there. Seven Raptors finished with double-digit points.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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The Knicks stumped Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks with a 112-107 win on the road Wednesday night. >> Box Score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tim Hardaway Jr. was a main reason the Knicks totaled 47 free throw attempts on Wednesday night, which is the most by any team in franchise history. Hardaway got 20 attempts from the charity stripe, converting 16 of them on his way to a team-high 34 points. He also had three assists and three steals on the night, as he continues to be the veteran scorer the Knicks need him to be. 

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks lose in double overtime 00:01:23
Knicks head coach David Fizdale and center Enes Kanter comment on the Knicks' loss to the Bulls in double overtime, 116-115.

Despite clutch game-tying shots by Allonzo Trier in regulation and Emmanuel Mudiay in double overtime, Zach LaVine hit a free throw with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second overtime after a Mudiay foul as the Knicks lost to the Chicago Bulls 116-115 on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Things to know about Monday's game

1. Mudiay tied the game with a fastbreak layup with 2.7 seconds remaining to tie the game at 115, but he fouled LaVine on a shot attempt in the final second. LaVine hit the first free throw and missed the second as New York fell to 3-7.

2. Trier scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 5:17 of regulation, including a 27-foot 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining to tie the game at 102. With 3 seconds left, though, he missed a potential game-winning jumper and Mario Hezonja missed a put-back layup attempt that forced overtime.

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)
Damyean Dotson (21) Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The Knicks picked up their first road win of the season in a 118-106 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Allonzo Trier, the undrafted rookie, led the Knicks' offense with a career-high 23 points on a very efficient 8-of-10. He also had two rebounds and one assists as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. was second on the Knicks with 18 points on 7-for-17 from the field. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 29, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (3) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been a month since the David Fizdale Era has begun in Madison Square Garden, and the Knicks are 2-6. Though it isn't the best of starts, it is what most expected from this team going through their rebuilding stage. 

Here are some takeaways from the Knicks' first few games, and what to expect moving forward...

Fizdale has bought into the youth movement

Tags: Courtney Lee, Damyean Dotson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Lance Thomas, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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Fizdale explains late loss 00:00:45
Knicks coach David Fizdale talks about his team needing to learn how to win close games in the 4th quarter after a tough loss to the Pacers.

It was another fourth-quarter breakdown for the Knicks, as they lost a tough battle to the Pacers, 107-101, at Madison Square Garden on Halloween night.  >> Read More


Things to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr.'s All-Star campaign continues to move on schedule. His jumper has been on fire to start the season, and that was the case in The Garden tonight, going 7-for-10 from three on his way to a team-high 37 points. He also had two rebounds and one assist. 

 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the outside, Knicks 2017 first-rounder Frank Ntilikina doesn't fit into today's style of play in the NBA. 

It is almost a given that players drafted high already have great offensive skills, whether it be getting to the rim or shooting. But coming out of France, Ntilikina was the exact opposite as the eighth overall pick by the Knicks. 

As a 19-year-old, Ntilikina came to New York with a great defensive skillset that stemmed from both his physical and mental attributes. At 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, he had the ability to matchup with anyone on the floor. And Ntilikina also had the fundamental mind to cut off passing lanes, switch his man off screens, and more. 

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Scott Thompson
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Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mitchell Robinson (26) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Knicks head coach David Fizdale deployed his experimental starting five full of youth for the second straight game on Sunday. And he defended exactly why is doing it, saying he isn't "hunting for wins."

The first appearance of the new starters came against the Warriors on Friday, when Enes Kanter, Lance Thomas, and Trey Burke were benched in favor of Damyean Dotson, Noah Vonleh, and second-rounder Mitchell Robinson.

Fizdale wants to give this new group some time to see how things shake out, no matter if the Knicks are winning or not. 

Tags: Damyean Dotson, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Lance Thomas, Trey Burke
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Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert controls the ball against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina during the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nets' losing streak reached three games with a 115-96 loss to the Knicks on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Brooklyn was outscored 23-6 over the first 6:34 of the third quarter, struggling to stop Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson. They combined for 15 points during the run, as the Nets trailed 75-50 midway through the period.

The Nets' starting backcourt of Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell made 6 of 21 field goals. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 17 points.

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Knicks win decisively over Nets 00:01:18
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points and added 8 assists as the Knicks defeated the Nets handily, 115-96 at MSG.

Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitchell Robinson combined for 15 points during a key 23-6 run in the third quarter to lead the Knicks to a 115-96 win over the Nets on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Hardaway finished a game-high 25 points and added eight assists while Robinson scored 11 points, as the Knicks snapped a five-game losing streak. New York led 52-44 at halftime but outscored the Nets by 17 through the first 6:34 of the third quarter to take a 75-50 lead.

Robinson had three dunks, including an alley-oop from Hardaway that pushed the Knicks' lead above 20. On the next possession, Hardaway made a 3-pointer that made it 72-50. 

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Knicks coach David Fizdale on Friday night was pleased with what he saw from Frank Ntilikina, who earned his first start at point guard at an opportune time against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

"He made a show," Fizdale said, per Newsday, after his team's 128-100 loss on Friday. "He picked his spots. He didn't pass up much. I really thought he got after it defensively. He competed hard. The guy he is competing against is one of those special talents, once in a lifetime talent. They definitely have two of them and those other guys aren't too shabby after them. I thought he really did a solid job against Steph."

Despite the loss, Ntilikina tied his career high with 17 points as part of the Knicks' new-look starting lineup. The 20-year-old acknowledged that he is feeling more comfortable this season after he was sidelined by injuries during key stretches leading up to his rookie season.

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Knicks on loss to Boston 00:01:01
Knicks coach David Fizdale, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke talk positives after Saturday's close loss to the Boston Celtics, 103-101.

 

The Knicks mounted a rally in the final moments, but they ran out of time as the Celtics held on to win, 103-101. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Every time the Knicks fell behind, they stormed back -- and that's exactly what happened in the final quarter when they scored 31 points. Trey Burke made a layup with 10 seconds remaining to trim Boston's lead to one point, but Jayson Tatum subsequently hit both of his free throws to put the Celtics ahead for good.

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

NEW YORK -- Well, I think that was more fun than most people expected! The Nets topped the Knicks 107-105 on Friday night in what was a thrilling home opener, decided by a Caris LeVert lay-in with just one second left.

It was a disappointing last few seconds for the Knicks, and a game which saw some bad defensive mistakes, but New York's two neophytes had good showings which is really all that matters. With that, some thoughts...

Tags: Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis
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Knicks season will be a ride! 00:01:36
Step right up and hop on the roller coaster of the New York Knicks 2018-2019 season. It will be a crazy ride!

Choo! Choo!

You hear that sound coming from West 33rd and 8th Ave? No, it's not the trains running through Penn Station. This locomotive, better known as the Knicks Hype Train, is chugglng along through Madison Square Garden after last night's 126-107 rout of the Hawks. 

And I know what you're thinking: The Hawks are probably the worst team in the league this season. Yeah, you're probably right. But who cares! The Knicks are rebuilding, have brand new faces to go along with a brand new coaching staff, and they put on a clinic...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

NEW YORK -- The Knicks' unveiling of their shiny new lottery pick three years ago went a little bit differently.

It was in late October, against these same Atlanta Hawks, when 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis made his home debut. The rookie added the first ever play to his highlight reel, shaking Paul Millsap with a spin move to throw down a breakaway dunk. This 7-foot-3 forward with guard skills, who was supposed to be a long-term project, announced to the arena, the city, and a national television audience that he was ready to contribute right away. Fans wouldn't have to wait to start enjoying Knicks games again and hyping the living daylights out of the team's future.

Tuesday night, in a 126-107 win, the Knicks' latest lottery pick delivered a new message to fans with his play: Chill...

Tags: Kevin Knox, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Nets top Knicks 00:01:03
Caris LeVert poured home 28 points, including the game-winner with 1.0 to go to lead the Nets past the Knicks, 107-105.

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Knicks open season with win 00:01:10
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way with 31 points as the New York Knicks routed the Atlanta Hawks in their season opener on Wednesday, 126-107.

David Fizdale and his young Knicks squad opened their 2018-19 season with a 126-107 rout of the Hawks on Wednesday night in The Garden. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

1) Tim Hardaway Jr., despite being young, is expected to be a veteran leader this season. And that certainly showed with a 31-point, seven-rebound night to start his year. He also collected five assists and two steals on the night. 

 

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 19, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes to the basket against New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas (42) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Caris LeVert scored on a game-winning layup in the final seconds to lead the Nets to a 107-105 win over the Knicks on Friday night at Barclays Center. >> Box Score


Things you need to know about tonight's game...

Tags: Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Tim Hardaway Jr., Scott Thompson
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Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in a timeout during the third quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in a timeout during the third quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The NBA season just started and the Kevin Durant free agency speculation is already in full swing.

And of course, the Knicks are involved. 

Durant appeared to like, then unlike, an Instagram post from the account @ballgod on the news that the Knicks were starting Frank Ntilikina over rookie Kevin Knox at small forward. 

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The 2018-19 season is going to be a transitional one for the Knicks.With a brand-new coach in David Fizdale and a highly touted rookie in Kevin Knox, there is plenty of reason for a long-suffering fanbase to be hopeful for the future. But there's also a lot of uncertainty.

Kristaps Porzingis is rehabbing a torn left ACL, and it remains to be seen when he'll play - or how good he'll look when he does. Second-year guard Frank Ntilikina showed promise in his rookie campaign, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, but he still has a long way to go.

After waiving Joakim Noah's onerous contract with the stretch provision, Scott Perry and Steve Mills will go into 2019 free agency armed with enough cap space to lure a big name. In the meantime, the Knicks can choose one of two paths: Go for broke and make a dark-horse playoff run, or embrace the tank for one more year and add to their collection of young players. Each approach would have its advantages and its drawbacks...

Tags: Courtney Lee, Enes Kanter, Frank Ntilikina, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke
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