The Westchester Knicks are 20 games into their 2019-20 campaign. Through the first two months, there are several Knicks that have looked impressive due to their skill set and play on the floor. Along with that, several Westchester players shined during the Winter Showcase last month and have put themselves in the discussion for an NBA call-up.
10 former Knicks have earned a combined 14 call-ups, with eight of those being direct promotions to the New York Knicks.
January 5 was the day 10-day contracts can be signed and several Knicks could be adding their name to the call-up banner at the Westchester County Center.
3. Andrew White III
Andrew White III came into his first season in Westchester with a bang. The three-point sniper put up consecutive 30-plus point games, while draining 16-of-20 shots from deep. While he showed he was working towards another call-up, White scored in single digits in four of five games. The main thing the Westchester forward needs to continue to show is consistency and efficiency.
His knack for hitting perimeter shots will be a facet that catches eyes of NBA teams. He has had stretches of games where he shot the ball well recently, which is a positive sign. When it comes to the New York Knicks, the team is No. 23 in three-point percentage (34.6) and No. 25 in threes made per game (10.6). White would be an asset on a team look for a three-point shooter.
2019-20 stats: 14.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.5 APG; Slash line 47.1/42.7/81.5 in 21 games
2. Kenny Wooten
Kenny Wooten possess an elite NBA skill. He has made a great impact with the Westchester Knicks due to his shot blocking prowess where he ranks No. 2 in the G League. He uses his high-level athleticism, great timing, and patience to become one of the top rim protectors. That was one area the Knicks forward immediately contributed in, which helped Westchester become the No. 3 shot blocking team in the NBAGL.
Wooten has shown to have a good post game and does most of his damage within five feet of the basket where he is converting on 68.9 percent his attempts from that area. He was nailing jumpers from the top of the key, from the baseline, and floaters against the Delaware Blue Coats.
Wooten would likely make a contribution with his shot blocking and defense on day one. That’s his calling card, which is a major reason why he is deserving of a promotion to the Association. While he is only 21 years old, the Knicks forward would be a good candidate for a two-way spot where he can continue to develop then showcase his defensive ability at the next level.
2019-20 stats: 6.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.4 BPG, 64.6 FG% in 20 games
1. Lamar Peters
Lamar Peters has shown he can do a lot of different things. He has always been known as a scorer, has shown to hit huge shots, can be a pest on the defensive end, and gets his teammates involved. Whether it was in the starting rotation or leading the second unit, Peters has been a valuable contributor in Westchester in his rookie season.
One of Peters’ biggest strides in his rookie season is with his outside shot. He shot 34.6 percent from deep in his three years at Mississippi State and that number improved to 43.1 percent through 21 games. The Knicks guard has shown great confidence with his perimeter shot and has shown to get huge baskets, which was seen against the Windy City Bulls.
With the way Peters has been playing recently, it’s just a matter of when he’ll be with an NBA team.
2019-20 stats: 17.1 PPG, 6.5 APG, 2.9 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 43.1 3PT% (No. 16) in 21 games