After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Kenny Wooten joined the New York Knicks for Summer League then signed an Exhibit 10 deal on July 20. He was waived in October and joined Westchester as an affiliate player.
Wooten made an impact with his defensive presence and used his great timing and elite athleticism to be one of the top shot blockers in the G League. He was a force with his interior defense and was the defensive anchor for Westchester. Not only was the rookie forward highly efficient from less than eight feet from the basket (69.1%), but he showed a smooth jumper and shot 52.6 percent from 8-16 feet.
Wooten made multiple appearances on SportsCenter’s Top 10. The first time was when he denied Sheldon Mac at the rim and the second time was when he pinned Xavier Munford’s layup against the backboard.
Wooten earned an NBA call-up when he inked a two-year, two-way contract with the New York Knicks on January 14. He became the 11th Westchester Knick to earn a promotion to the Association.
His last game occurred on February 19 where he recorded 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. He tore a ligament in his thumb and underwent surgery four days later.
Wooten finished the season as the No. 2 shot blocker (3.6) in the G League and was seventh in field goal percentage (65.1). He finished with 98 blocks, which is the second most in a single season and third most in Westchester history. The 6’8” forward rejected five or more shots 11 times in his rookie season, which included two games with at least seven blocks. Both of those blocking records were franchise records.
Notable 2019-20 Season Stats (Stats Courtesy From RealGM)
7.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.6 BPG, 65.1 FG% in 27 games
Notable Season Highs (Stats Courtesy From RealGM)
Dec. 14 vs Greensboro Swarm, Jan. 10 and 11 vs Lakeland Magic: 18 points
Jan. 21 vs Capital City Go-Go: 14 rebounds
Nov. 20 vs Grand Rapids Drive: 4 steals and 8 blocks (tied franchise high)
Jan. 10 and 11 vs Lakeland Magic: 8 field goals made
Rookie Diary #1: Kenny Wooten Details His Decision To Leave Oregon After Two Years, What G League Opportunity Means, And More
Rookie Diary #2: Kenny Wooten Discusses His First Winter Showcase Experience, Etching His Name As One Of Westchester’s Top Shot Blockers, And More
Recapping Westchester Knicks Week Two: Tough Stretch Of Games, Kenny Wooten Ties Franchise Single Game Block Record, And More
Recapping Westchester Knicks Week 10 & 11: Knicks Go 2-2 In Four Game Stretch, Kenny Wooten Becomes First Call-Up Of Season, And More
Westchester Knicks Top Moments Of 2019-20 Season
Kenny Wooten’s Top Westchester Knicks Highlights (via Westchester Knicks/YouTube)
Knicks’ Kenny Wooten’s Best Blocks From 2019-20 NBA G League So Far (via NBA G League/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten Matches Career-High 18 Points (via Westchester Knicks/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten Ties Franchise Blocks Record Vesus Grand Rapids Drive (via Westchester Knicks/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten (16 points) Highlights vs. Windy City Bulls (via NBA G League/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten (10 points) Highlights vs. Delaware Blue Coats (via NBA G League/YouTube) Kenny Wooten (14 points) Highlights vs. Delaware Blue Coats (via NBA G League/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten (9 points) Highlights vs. Grand Rapids Drive (via NBA G League/YouTube)
Kenny Wooten (6 points) Highlights vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants (via NBA G League/YouTube)