NBA: Ranking all 30 starting shooting guards for 2018-19

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30. Frank Ntilikina, New York Knicks

This is not an indictment of Frank Ntilikina‘s potential, nor is it an affirmation that the “draft bust” labels are apt; it’s simply an acknowledgment that Ntilikina will probably be forced into the starting 2-guard spot, that his offense is nowhere near where his defense is at this point, and that there are a ton of established 2-guards in this league who can spread the floor more capably.

With only one season under his belt, there’s a good chance Ntilikina will improve on the paltry 5.9 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game he averaged last year simply by being the beneficiary of more minutes under the New York Knicks‘ new head coach, David Fizdale.

However, it’s his 36.4 percent shooting from the field and 31.8 percent conversion rate from distance that need the most work, and no one will be gifted minutes under Fizdale. Here’s hoping his advanced defensive skill-set translates into enough playing time to help him grow on the offensive end.