Hall of Famer and former Knicks F Bernard King sees loads of potential in Knicks PG Frank Ntilikina.
The 19-year-old, who was selected eighth overall out of France in the 2017 NBA Draft, now has a full NBA season under his belt. And as expected, there were some growing pains that occurred for Ntilikina.
However, King sees the young guard's upside.
"You have a very young, talented point guard in Frank," King told SiriusXM NBA Radio. "Obviously, the point guard position is a very unique position within in the league. You have leadership -- that's responsibilities with all the players on the court in terms of what you're going to run and how you're going to position those players on the court. And who you're going to pass the ball to. You have to make proper decisions.
"But I think in terms of upside potential, he's going to grow into that role of more of a leadership -- you saw some dynamic play by him during the course of the season and then there was some other lapses that he had where he didn't play very well. But that's the growing pains you're going to have with a young player."
Some of Ntilikina's growing pains involve his inconsistent jumper as well as his physical stature (6-foot-5, 190 pounds). However, his defensive skills, that were highlighted when he was drafted, were on full display last season.
So, Ntilikina has some time before he hits his prime years. But King believes he will be one of the best point guards in the NBA down the road.
"I think ultimately you're going to see a very dynamic player," King said, "and he's going to become one of the best point guards in the league long term."