New York Knicks: Point guard power rankings

New York Knicks Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1: Frank Ntilikina #11 of the New York Knicks is seen against the Washington Wizards during pre-season game on October 1, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 1: Frank Ntilikina #11 of the New York Knicks is seen against the Washington Wizards during pre-season game on October 1, 2018 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

2. Frank Ntilikina

Frank Ntilikina entered the NBA as a point guard. At 6-foot-5 (now 6-foot-6), he offered the physical traits to provide intrigue at this position. Though, after one season, it’s not clear if his future is there or another spot in the lineup.

In the preseason, Ntilikina started the fourth game and delivered a cool 10 points, four rebounds and two assists on 4-for-7 shooting in 18 minutes. It was arguably the best performance of any New York Knicks point guard, which ties to how fluctuant this position is.

Outside of that, Ntilikina delivered 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists on 45.2 percent shooting. Nothing extraordinary, but arguably the best of the players competing to start.

So why not hand the Frenchman the keys to the offense?

For now, it’s due to defensive versatility. He arguably stands as New York’s top player at the opposite end of the court, and with rosters that go small, it can push him to power forward, similar to what happened on Friday.

Fizdale can use Ntilikina across the lineup, even if that includes point guard time. It might not happen as the starter, but in situational play where the Knicks go big and install him as the primary ball handler.

There’s still an outside chance for Ntilikina to start on opening night. His preseason was the best of the group, but the leader is still someone else.