Frank Ntilikina’s Knicks value has never been more apparent

Frank Ntilikina’s Knicks value has never been more apparent

Frank Ntilikina’s value is evident on so many possessions.

On the final play of Monday’s win over the Rockets, the 21-year-old defensive standout prevented Russell Westbrook from getting to the rim, forcing the former MVP into a missed jumper just before the final buzzer.

Knicks interim coach Mike Miller believes Ntilikina’s value on the other end of the floor is becoming more apparent, too.

“I think Frank has a really good direction to what he’s doing right now,” Miller said Tuesday. “I think offensively he’s continued to grow. We’re seeing more playmaking, we’re seeing more scoring, we’re seeing overall more command. He’s done a great job of running our offense, getting us into our actions, knowing who he’s playing with. I think he’s really done a good job and you’re seeing a lot of growth out of Frank.”

Ntilikina, who is averaging 6.0 points this season, has put up double-digit scoring efforts in two of his past three games, including Monday, when he finished with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, with four assists and two steals in 29 minutes.


Seven games into Maurice Harkless’ tenure with the Knicks, his coach still has trouble seeing the forward’s countless contributions in real time.

“He does a lot of things. People use the term versatility a lot, but when I watch the game and I see things, and I go back and I watch the video again, I see more things that he did that maybe I didn’t even notice,” Miller said. “He’s had an impact on our team. Some of it has even been subtle, that you have to watch it and be like, ‘That’s how that happened. He made a cut that created that pass and that shot or he started it with his defense.’ He’s done a lot of things for us.”


Mitchell Robinson was held out of Tuesday’s practice and is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Jazz due to a sore left hamstring. Over his past eight games, the second-year center is averaging 12.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, while shooting 75.9 percent from the field.

“Just precautionary, held him out today,” Miller said. “We’ll see how he feels.”

Kevin Knox (left leg contusion) is also questionable, and Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) will miss his third straight game. Reggie Bullock (illness) is probable after missing the past two games.

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