19-year-old rookie PG Frank Ntilikina is not yet starting for the Knicks, but he's coming through while being trusted with key minutes down the stretch. He hit a huge three-pointer late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Pacers, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, and three steals while playing at-times lockdown defense.
"It was just part of developing my game in Europe," Ntilikina told the NY Post on Tuesday about his defense. "Me, obviously I know when you're a rookie, you're not as strong as the other players who got a lot of experience in the game. So you just have to be more willing to defend more, willing to stop the player. And, yeah, just do more of the work."
Jake Brown | Twitter | It's been very important for Ntilikina to get minutes in the fourth quarter and at the end of games. That's the best way to make him a better player, and to become more confident on both ends of the floor. His defense against some pretty good point guards has also made it easier for Hornacek to stick with him. Knocking down shots will come with time, but for now, his defense is much more important than his scoring...