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Jeff Hornacek: Frank Ntilikina has gained eight pounds of muscle

Every rookie has their fair share of growing pains during their rookie campaign. It looks like New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina has begun to grow into himself as an NBA pro, putting on the necessary muscle to improve his offense.

Friday night, Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek was asked about Ntilikina’s development:

“You could see some of the things happening to him earlier in the season aren’t necessarily happening now,’’ Hornacek said before the Knicks beat the Heat 122-98 at the Garden on Friday. “That’s great in his development. He’s only going to get bigger and stronger. Our trainers are working with him hard every day to improve on those things.’’

Ntilikina added, telling The New York Post, “I put on good weight — everywhere. I made sure I worked on all parts of my body.’’

Ntilikina put up eight points and nine assists in the Knicks’ blowout win on Friday night. On the season, Ntilikina has averaged 5.6 points, 3.2 assists and 0.8 steals per game. While Ntilikina’s  offensive numbers are not eye-popping, he continues to make modest improvements throughout the course of the season.