The Knicks Can’t Even Spell Their Own First-Round Draft Pick’s Name Correctly

Bryan Brandom
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The New York Knicks may have rid themselves of the the franchise-crippling incompetence of Phil Jackson, but they’re still the Knicks.

They proved as much on Wednesday, when they welcomed first-round draft pick Frank Ntilikina to his first practice with the team—by spelling his name completely wrong on his practice jersey.

SB Nation’s Tim Cato shared a theory as to how they spelled their newest player’s name so horribly wrong.

To add injury to insult, Ntilikina, the eighth pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, left the gym limping and did not practice the following day.

If not for Jackson, Ntilikina, who earned a rep as a dogged defender in France, might not even be in New York. The 18-year-old Frenchman is the prototypical point guard fit for Jackson’s beloved triangle offense—mostly, he’s tall and not very skilled at the pick-and-roll. Don’t expect the team to run the outdated offense any longer.

Dennis Smith Jr., an athletic freak thought to have the second-most star potential in the draft thanks to the point guard’s explosiveness, went a pick later to the Dallas Mavericks.

Smith was a freshman out of North Carolina State. In his four years with the Knicks, Jackson never drafted a player that wasn’t a college senior or playing internationally.