Frank Ntilikina had an up-and-down rookie season with the New York Knicks. Thus, he only received a single vote in the NBA All-Rookie voting.
The crowd that hates Frank Ntilikina will have a field day with this one. The youngest player on the New York Knicks didn’t put up the numbers that warranted an NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection and he didn’t even sniff the First Team.
Per Official Release on NBA.com, the First Team is made up of Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons (both unanimous selections), Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, and Lauri Markkanen. The Second Team consists of Dennis Smith Jr., Lonzo Ball, John Collins, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Josh Jackson.
If you’re keeping score at home, there are four players on either team drafted after Ntilikina. The most notable is Rookie of the Year candidate, Donovan Mitchell who is already looking like a future All-Star.
But Knicks fans may be most hurt by the Dennis Smith Jr. selection. DSJ was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks directly after the Knicks chose Ntilikina and New Yorkers were clamoring for Phil Jackson and company to take Smith with the eighth pick.
The good news is, this really means absolutely nothing for Ntilikina’s future. Sure, making an NBA All-Rookie team is a nice thing to put on your resume, but it doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. For reference, the list of Knicks to make an All-Rookie team is underwhelming, to say the least.
Recent Knicks to make an All-Rookie team include Willy Hernangomez, Langston Galloway, and Landry Fields. That just goes to show that All-Rookie honors are no indication of future success.
Of course, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. also made All-Rookie teams in recent years. The main point here is that this isn’t something anyone should get too worked up over one way or another.