In the past four plus seasons, the New York Knicks have used their G League affiliate, Westchester Knicks, to develop players and find players who can be contributors at the next level. Nine players have earned a combined 13 call-ups with seven of those call-ups coming from their affiliate.
After John Jenkins’ name was etched on Westchester Knicks’ call-up banner at the Westchester County Center, there are still available spaces left. Jameel Warney and Billy Garrett have looked really solid recently and are showing why both should be mentioned in the 10-day contract discussions.
Warney has continued to show that he is one of the best post players in the G League. He continues to impact the team on the offensive end whether it’s in the post or drawing double teams, which opens things up for the team. His perimeter numbers have gone up slightly since joining Westchester and adds value to the team when his threes are falling.
Warney has great skills for his size and can impact the game in many ways. He has added value on the glass and has played a role in the team’s passing game. Along with the NBA experience he has, Warney would provide value to a team if a call-up comes. He is averaging 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 blocks on 57.7 percent shooting from the field in his last 10 games.
Garrett has seen his role increase as Westchester’s roster has shaken up and he continues to keep producing at a high level, which has made him a call-up candidate. He can set up the team’s offense and he can score in bunches. Garrett finishes well at the rim and is a solid mid-range shooter. He has shown he can drain catch-and-shoot threes, which makes him more of a threat offensively when his shots are falling.
Garrett recently had an overall productive game against the Long Island Nets, which showed him come up with several clutch plays. He hit a couple of huge free throws to close out the fourth quarter and contained Jordan McLaughlin on the final defensive possession of the first overtime.
The Westchester guard scored 20-plus points in nine of 10 games over the course of a month. In his last 10 games, he is averaging 22.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals on 47.1 percent shooting from the field in his last 10 games.
The New York Knicks have one open roster spot after signing Henry Ellenson for the rest of the season. The Knicks have continued to use their G League affiliate as a way to find talent and there are several Westchester players that are making a case for a call-up. Since New York has looked to their G League affiliate to find contributors, Warney or Garrett could fill the Knicks’ open roster spot; maybe when Westchester’s season concludes.