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Breaking Down Westchester Knicks 2019-20 Roster

Westchester’s roster features two-way players Kadeem Allen and Ivan Rabb, along with a dynamic shot blocker and high-level scorers.

2019-20 New York Knicks Media Day Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images

The Westchester Knicks will open their sixth season and will look to continue the trend of success the team has seen the past two seasons. While there are two returning players from last season’s squad, the Knicks have built a solid team whose skills could mesh together and form a solid team.

Kadeem Allen returns to the Knicks for his second season as a two-way player. He showed his defensive tenacity last season, which saw him earn a place on the All-NBA G League Defensive team. He can orchestrate the team’s offense and can finish strong at the rim. Allen made an improvement in his perimeter shot (shot 41.1 percent) and will be one of the focal points in Westchester this season.

Ivan Rabb joined the Knicks as the Knicks’ second two-way player shortly before the season started. Coming out after two seasons at California, he can finish lob passes out of the pick and roll and showed his rebound ability (9.4 rebounds in 65 games). Rabb works well with his back to the basket and has a good understanding of defensive positioning. While he is known as a post player, the 6’10” forward shot 35.7 percent from deep in seven games with the Memphis Hustle last season. Rabb will likely be a main contributor in the front court this season.

Kenny Wooten is the next Westchester Knick that will light up the Westchester County Center with his shot blocking prowess and strong dunks. He’ll play a role in the team’s interior defense and could be a piece in a strong Westchester defense. Playing alongside Allen will help get him good looks at the rim.

In his three seasons at Mississippi State, Lamar Peters showed his ball handling where he has a quick first step and can split double teams. He has active hands where he can get in the passing lane (1.4 steals in three collegiate seasons) and can apply strong pressure on the ball. He uses a mix of hesitation moves and crossovers to get by his defender

VJ King has several skills that he will bring to Westchester in his rookie season. He has good form on his shot, has a good mid-range shot, and has a strong fadeaway jumper due to his high release point. King works well with scoring on the move and showed he could connect on his perimeter shots, as he shot 42.1 percent from three in his freshman season.

Amir Hinton put his name on the map in his junior season at Shaw where he showcased his prolific scoring ability. He excelled with his driving game, scoring in transition, and mid-range game. Hinton can create separation from his defender and showed he can finish in traffic. He’ll have an opportunity to make a contribution on the offensive end in his rookie season.

Andrew White III showed his scoring prowess, his quick release from deep, and his aggressiveness to drive into the lane in his first two seasons in the G League. His productive play during his rookie season didn't go unnoticed as he earned an NBA call-up to the Atlanta Hawks. White III averaged 15.5 points and 4.4 rebounds on 45.0 percent from the field and 40.5 from deep.

After spending his rookie season with Okapi Aalstar (Belgium) and CEZ Nymburk (Czech Republic), Kendall Smith will suit up in his first season in the G League after making Westchester’s roster through a team tryout. Smith saw little playing time (14.4 minutes as a freshman and 7.0 minutes as a sophomore), but took advantage of his playing time in his final two collegiate seasons. He saw increased opportunities on offense where he posted career highs with 16.7 points on 44.8 percent from the field and showed to be the main facilitator in his junior season (4.8 assists).

After four years at Montana State, Tyler Hall was selected with the No. 4 pick in the 2019 G League Draft. He showed he could be a great shooter in college who can shoot off the dribble and can space the floor. Hall showed to be highly efficient with his high attempts where he converted on nearly 43 percent and three triples made per game.

Zak Irvin returns to Westchester for a third stint and will look to put his name in the conversation for an NBA call-up. He made an impact last season versatility, defense, and rebounding ability. Irvin nearly averaged a double-double (11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds) and showed to be an efficient scorer (56.7 percent from the field). The third-year forward showed to be one of the reliable players in Westchester’s rotation last season, which saw the Knicks finish with a 29-21 record and earn a postseason victory.

JJ Moore comes to Westchester from a trade with the Raptors 905 and will return to the G League after spending last season with Asociacion Deportiva Atenas (Argentina) and CD Las Animas (Chile). When an opportunity opened during his rookie season, he seized it and became a productive player in Long Island. He averaged 14.5 points and shot 49.6 percent in 46 games in his rookie season. His numbers dipped, but he continued to be a reliable player in his second season. Moore has shown to be a physical player in his career and will bring experience to a young team.

After spending his rookie season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tim Bond will start his season season in Westchester. Bond showed to be an effective defender at Eastern Michigan where he was the 2018 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the MAC All-Defensive Team in three seasons (2016, 2017 and 2018). The 6’6” guard averaged 2.4 steals and 1.1 blocks as a senior, along with shooting 46.3 percent from the field. Westchester has shown to value solid defenders and Bond will make an impact on that end in his first season in Westchester.