Enes Kanter understands that navigating the NBA as a 19-year-old rookie is a difficult task and feels that Frank Ntilikina is doing 'unbelievably well.'
Ntilikina is averaging 5.4 points and 3.1 assists in 20.5 minutes per game after the Knicks selected him 8th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. The point guard has had to deal with being compared to players the Knicks passed on, like Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.
"It's tough for a 19-year-old. He's still a kid," Kanter said, Chris Iseman via of Record. "I think he's been doing an unbelievable job. He's been doing an unbelievable job handling the pressure and he's avoiding the outside talk."
The rookie has been playing more off the ball as the season has went on, something that Ntilikina is getting used to.
"Maybe it's a slight difference not having the ball all the time," Ntilikina said. "After that it's just defensively. It's a different game. Not as much pick-and-roll, but more like pin downs and fighting around screens so it's different. Offensively it's kind of like the same because we're sharing the ball so everybody touches the ball in the offense."
Ntilikina and the Knicks are next in action on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. against the Clippers.