Frank Ntilikina arrives in United States of America for draft

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Ntilikina, an 18-year-old 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 5.7 points and 1.6 assists this season for Strasbourg. "I watch a lot of basketball (NBA) games".

"Top-10 picks are all really young guys", Jackson said.

In case you wanted to know a bit more about JD & The Straight Shot, here you go. "I just want to be in a good project and atmosphere". "We hope he jumps out and helps our team this year". If Dallas were to draft Ntilikina, he'd be on the Summer League roster and have a familiar face on the sideline. Some in the organization also liked Kentucky's Malik Monk, who was available at the eighth pick. Ntilikina appears to be battling for draft positioning with three other elite point guards including De'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. Jackson acknowledged that taking Ntilikina was a hard decision.

"We're getting calls", Jackson said during a freaky interview with Dolan's MSG Network Wednesday night.

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The Knicks are reportedly also trying to acquire an additional first-round pick from the Portland Trail Blazers, a team that owns 15th, 20th and 26th picks at next month's NBA Draft. NY has the 44th and 58th picks in the second round. Ntilikina welcomes the chance to play with Porzingis if he's taken by the Knicks.

"This isn't the time to talk about that". "At 6'5", with his nearly 7'0" wingspan, he can defend multiple positions and raise havoc on the defensive side of the ball. Jackson singled out his defensive ability when discussing the reasons behind selecting him.

"It's a good system with a lot of rules and placement", Ntilikina said. He's aggressive. He likes to do that. His improved shooting from the perimeter will capture the intrigue of Jackson who likes big point guards who can shoot, and his ability to push the ball in transition will capture the interest of Hornacek who loves to run an uptempo offense.

Ntilikina, who will fly back to France to play in the fifth and deciding game of the French A League championship, is the highest-drafted player from the French League and the highest-drafted French-born player in league history. A victory for Strasbourg would mean it plays again on Friday, a day after the draft in Brooklyn.

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