Jeff Hornacek Explains Why Frank Ntilikina Isn’t Beginning But

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Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek is planning to extend rookie level guard Frank Ntilikina’s minutes, however defined his rationale on Monday as to why he is not going to simply throw the 19-year-old in instantly with the starters.

“Generally it is who meshes effectively with what group,” he mentioned. “Frank is meshing effectively with our second group, Jarrett (Jack)’s meshing effectively with the primary group. We see occasions after they do mesh with different group and it isn’t so snug. It is Frank’s continued work. He is studying the groups on this league, the fellows on this league, he will get higher because the season goes on.”

Ntilikina will most likely begin sooner or later, although.

The rookie is averaging 21 minutes per recreation however performed 28 minutes in Saturday’s win over the Pelicans and 32 minutes in opposition to the Spurs on Thursday, during which he recorded a career-high 11 assists.

Hornacek mentioned that in an effort to get him 30-plus minutes they could not have a alternative however to start out him.

“When it will get to the purpose the place we are saying let’s try to get him 30 minutes a recreation that is perhaps a time when it’s a must to take a look at a begin simply because the primary group normally performs the primary six minutes of the sport. For those who do this the primary and second half that solely leaves 36 minutes to go,” he mentioned. “We wish to, at occasions, give him extra minutes. Particularly this highway journey. He is a younger man and enjoying lots of video games down the highway, and that is one thing he will have to regulate to, additionally, however I believe he’ll be capable to do this and perhaps that is after we’ll relaxation a few of the older guys, like Jarret a little bit bit, decrease his minutes a little bit bit and he’ll play some extra.”

Ntilikina is commonly on the ground within the fourth quarter, too, closing out video games.

“That is an incredible begin to his profession to know that fourth quarters, not any huge deal to him,” Hornacek mentioned. “So that is the expertise he will achieve and we like the best way he is rising proper now.”


Tim Hardaway Jr. was doing a little work after Monday’s observe as he continues to rehab from a stress damage to his leg.

“Looks as if they’re constructing him up a little bit bit,” Hornacek mentioned. “Three level taking pictures, off the dribble a little bit bit, so yeah, I believe they received a plan for him and appears like he is doing a little bit extra each day.”

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