Adding depth to their backcourt, the Knicks selected 18-year-old French point guard Frank Ntilikina with the eighth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Get to know the newest Knick with these eight facts about this year’s eighth pick.
Rebecca Haarlow sits down with Frank Ntilikina to get his thoughts on being taken by New York with the 8th overall pick, what he can bring to the team and more.
1- According to NBA.com, Ntilikina is listed at 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds.
2- Although he represents France internationally, Ntilikina was actually born in Ixelles, Belgium on July 28, 1998. He moved to Strasbourg, France when he was three.
3- Ntilikina began playing with his French club team, Strasbourg IG and turned pro at the age of 15.
4- He began his professional career on April 4, 2015 in a LNB Pro A game against Boulogne-sur-Mer.
5- The young guard led France to a gold medal at the FIBA Europe U-16 Championship in 2014 and a FIBA Europe U-18 Championship in 2016.
6- During the U-18 Championship, Ntilikina averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds en route to the MVP award during the tournament.
7- Ntilikina was named the French League’s Best Young Player in 2016 and 2017.
8- Currently, Ntilikina’s Strasbourg team is in the LNB Pro A Final in France.
What They’re Saying
“We like his aptitude for the game, athleticism and his ability to incorporate himself in a winning situation,” Knicks President Phil Jackson said. “We felt that he had a good feel for his team and how to play with guys.”
Knicks President Phil Jackson explains the reasons why the organization decided on picking Frank Ntilikina with the eighth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.