1. Frank Ntilikina (PG, 6’5″ France)
At this point, it is no secret that Phil Jackson covets big point guards. Ntilikina stands 6-foot-5 and is a true playmaking point guard especially in the pick and roll. He possesses above average athleticism, good ball handling skills and high basketball IQ.
While he is capable of playing above the rim, Ntilikina tends to play a smoother style of basketball. His jump shot has developed some consistency, especially when set, although his mechanics can use a little work. His combination of size and athleticism projects well for him to be an elite defender who can guard any position on the perimeter.
When fully engaged defensively, his lateral quickness allows him to stay in front of his opponent and his ridiculous length (7-foot wingspan) disrupts passing lanes. Ntilikina will have to pack some muscle on his wiry frame. He has not been challenged by constant elite competition. Therefore, it remains to be seen how he will do especially with point guard being the premier position in the NBA now.
Overall, Ntilikina upside is very high. It is also apparent that Phil is fond of European players.