NY Knicks: Finding Frank Ntilikina his new home

NY Knicks, Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NY Knicks, Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /
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NY Knicks, Frank Ntilikina
NY Knicks, Frank Ntilikina (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Should Toronto take a look at Frank Ntilikina?

The Raptors might not seem like a logical landing spot for Frank as they are not a team with elite offensive players that are in need of defenders. But this could be a great value play for Toronto.

Teams that play in the same division tend to value each other’s players.

Also, Toronto’s Masai Ujiri tends to take a special interest in players of African descent. While Frank grew up in France, his family is from Rwanda.

There are two players on the Raptors: Pascal Siakam (Cameroon) and OG Anunoby (Nigeria) whose families are also from Africa.

Frank not only fits the culture of the Raptors, smart and tough-minded, he also fills a need.

The Raptors need to replace Kyle Lowry who went to Miami. Goran Dragic who was acquired in the Sign-and-Trade for Lowry is expected to be traded again.

The Raptors’ other ball handlers are smaller scoring guards; Fred VanVleet and Malachi Flynn.

They had a chance to draft Jalen Suggs but instead decided to go with Forward Scottie Barnes.

Their other guard, Gary Trent Jr. is not a great defender.

So it would make sense for them to bring in another ball-handler than can switch on to any player on defense.

Ntilikina would free up VanVleet and Flynn to play their games and would make an interesting small ball lineup if they slid Trent to Small Forward and Anunoby to Power Forward.

The last team on the list is also the last team Knick fans would want to see Frank go play for. That is right, our crosstown rival, the Brooklyn Nets.