Knicks first-rounder Frank Ntilikina didn't find any respect from his fellow rookies as he didn't earn one vote in any category during the NBA rookie photo shoot.
All rookies were allowed to take a survey to vote on categories like "Rookie of the Year," "Best Shooter," and "Most Athletic." Ntilikina, the No. 8 overall pick this past June, didn't reserve a single vote in any category.
The man picked by the Mavericks after Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., was voted Rookie of the Year and Most Athletic by the rookies. Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell Jr., who the Knicks were interested in, won "steal of the draft."
All 39 rookies at the photo shoot didn't vote, but all of them haven't seen Ntilikina play in person as he sat out the summer league with a knee injury. The 6-foot-5 point guard injured it during Game 5 of the French League finals.
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I don't think anybody was expecting Frank Ntilikina to get any awards from just a couple of weeks playing in Las Vegas. This is the first real action he has seen in America and at the NBA level.
This isn't France anymore. It's a brand new ball game over here, and it's going to take some time for the rookie point guard to get acclimated to it.
It may take Ntilikina a full season under his belt to get a real feel for the NBA game. The Knicks hope he can be effective fairly quick as there is a decent chance he is the starting point guard on opening night. Summer League awards and votes from fellow rookies are completely irrelevant. He's already got a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove. Nobody has really seen him here and he's got the biggest stage in the world to perform on now at Madison Square Garden. He will need to prove more than just having a 7-foot wingspan.