The Westchester Knicks finished the 2018-19 season with a 29-21 record, which positioned the team with the No. 22 pick in the 2019 G League Draft. Westchester later acquired the No. 4 selection in a trade with the Raptors 905, which was the highest draft pick the Knicks held since the team chose Jimmer Fredette with the second selection in the 2015 draft.
On October 26, 2019, Westchester was on the clock. With the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA G League Draft, the Westchester Knicks selected Tyler Hall from Montana State University.
The G League Draft presents an opportunity for every player. Westchester has held 33 draft picks since 2014 and only selected 26 players. Out of those players selected, 50 percent of them played for Westchester. The draft has created another avenue for players to showcase their skills under the NBA umbrella, as they look to create their own path to the Association.
In Four On Four with Tyler Hall, he discusses how the G League Draft gave him an opportunity in the NBAGL and how important the draft is for players to showcase their abilities.
RIDICULOUS UPSIDE: How have you used the G League Draft to give you this opportunity so far in the G League?
TYLER HALL: “I just stuck around. I thought that I could play in the NBA one day, so I knew this was my first step. I’m just using this season to get better and work on things that I think I need to take that next step. I’m happy with where I’m at so far and just going to keep working and trying to build.”
RU: One of the last players to get selected in the first round in the G League Draft was Paul Watson. He made his way to the NBA. How can you really use this to really showcase what you can do to get that opportunity?
HALL: “Like you said, I think it’s just all about opportunity. I don’t think it’s where you’re drafted or what school you come from or anything. I think it’s just once you’re here, it’s just using the platform and using the opportunity to get to where you want to go.”
RU: Do you feel like it also has to do with being in the right situation where the coaches are really invested in your development to push you to the next level?
HALL: “Yeah, defiantly. I think that’s big with anything you do. Just being in the right situation and taking advantage of the time you get.”
RU: When you see the rosters in the G League with the two-ways and the assignment players, the G League Draft is on the bottom of the ladder when teams fill out the rosters. How important is it to have that draft where players can get the opportunity to showcase what they can do?
HALL: “It’s really important. I think it’s just another opportunity to get to where you want to go. I think once you’re on the team, you’re on the team. It’s your job to perform and do well with the minutes you get and the opportunity you get.”
Tyler Hall drained 91 perimeter shots during the 2019-20 season, which is second most for a Westchester rookie and third most in franchise history. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds on 41 percent from beyond the arc on 5.6 attempts per game.