Hopefully Wooten Jr. can live up to the hype for the New York Knicks

New York Knicks, Kenny Wooten

The New York Knicks finally signed undrafted Oregon product Kenny Wooten Jr. to a two-way contract.  Wooten was getting a lot of buzz in the G-League with his eye-opening dunks and blocks.

A few teams had interest in the trading for Wooten but the Knicks finally made a smart decision by locking him down.  While his stats aren’t spectacular, he shows tremendous upside to help the team on the boards.

With the Knicks G-League affiliate, Westchester Knicks, Wooten has averaged 7.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 24 minutes.  However, it’s his ability to jump out of the gym and sky for blocks and rebounds that has fans in awe.  But despite all of the fan love, Wooten is just trying to improve his game.

The Knicks 1st-round draft pick Rj Barrett already knew what the Knicks were getting in Wooten.  When Barrett was on a recruiting trip at Oregon, Wooten was a freshman.  Wooten’s jumping ability was already unreal as a freshman.  They had to get ladder to remove tape from the top of background that he slapped there from jumping, according to Barrett.

“He’s a freak”, said Barrett.  That’s best thing Knicks fan can hear.  Having another ‘freak’ to pair with Mitchell Robinson can pay dividends for the future.  However, through all of this fan love and hype, Wooten has to make it count when he gets his shot.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding this 21-year-old.  Fans were ecstatic when Wooten signed his two-way contract.  The only thing fans don’t want is to get their hopes up and ultimately be disappointed that he doesn’t get a chance.

Adding Andre Drummond to the New York Knicks doesn’t make sense

New York Knicks, Andre Drummond

Whenever the trade deadline comes around, it always feel like Andre Drummond is linked to the New York Knicks.  However, taking on the 26-year old UConn product doesn’t make sense.

Drummon will be a free agent this summer.  But he has a player option for next season at 28 million dollars, who wouldn’t pick up that option.  If not, Drummond would then become an unrestricted free-agent at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.

For the Knicks, to trade for Drummond would be taking a few steps back in their process for the future.  There’s no reason to trade for him when he’s becoming a free-agent.  If the Knicks want him that badly, wait until he’s a free-agent.  But they shouldn’t do that either.

They made that mistake before with the Carmelo Anthony trade.  When the Knicks traded for Melo, he was set to be a free-agent the summer of 2011.

The New York Knicks traded Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round pick.  Anthony wanted to be in New York.  Waiting until he was a free-agent was the play.  Then, they would have kept those players, plus the first-rounder.  The Knicks would have been better off if they waited.  Anthony was going to come regardless but that’s in the past.

The Knicks do need a bigger force in the middle.  Drummond would provide blocking, rebounds and a good way to clog up the lane but they have Mitchell Robinson.  Robinson is able to provide the blocking presence but his defense and fouling still need work.  Plus, the Pistons would most likely want back young assets and/or draft picks for Drummond.  Thankfully, the Knicks aren’t giving up picks and they shouldn’t give up young talent either.

In the past, the Knicks added big men that ultimately hurt them in the long run.  While Drummond is only 26, he’s going to want big money and playing time.  Adding him would hurt the team for the future and also take away time from Robinson’s development.  It’s best they stay away from Drummond at all cost.

It’s time for the New York Knicks to only play the young guys

New York Knicks, Frank Ntilikina

The 2019-20 New York Knicks season has quickly gone down the drain.  It began with a lot of optimism of making the final few playoff spots.  Now sitting 7 games out of the the 8th seed, it appears the season has gotten out of hand, again.

While all the rumors of trading Marcus Morris, Dennis Smith Jr. and Bobby Portis are circulating, it’s nice to hear Morris wanting to be with the Knicks long-term.  He’s 30-years old and isn’t in the long-term plans for the organization.

However, the Knicks need a change and going all young is the way to go.  Not playing some of the younger players is putting a bad taste in the fans mouths.

Kevin Knox is a prime example.  Knox has severely underachieved this season.  All his stats are down from his rookie campaign along with his confidence.  Knox put the work in this off-season to improve and it was seen to begin the year and it had dwindled away with all other aspects of his game.  For him to be apart of the future plans, he needs a significant increase in minutes.

The future players consist of RJ Barrett, Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle.  For the most past, Randle will be in the Knicks plans for the next two-years.

Others that should be in the future plans are Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier and Elfrid Payton.  Even players down in the G-League like Kenny Wooten Jr., Lamar Peters and Ignas Brazdeikis, who has been on the roster, need a chance to showcase their skills.  There could be a hidden gem with one of those 3 players to contribute to the Knicks young future.

It’s time for the New York Knicks to go all-in on playing, developing and growing their youthful future.

New York Knicks need to call up Kenny Wooten Jr. after the deadline

New York Knicks, Kenny Wooten

The New York Knicks season isn’t going the way everyone thought it would.  Even when they show signs of light, they take a few steps back.

The Knicks seem to be invisible of recent when they play the best teams in the association.  They were able to compete in some games despite getting blown out by the Los Angeles Lakers last night, 117-87.  They beat the Mavericks twice and kept it close with the Sixers and Nuggets.

However, that isn’t good enough for the fans of the New York Knicks.

The trade deadline is February 6th.  And while Marcus Morris doesn’t want to be traded, allegedly, trades will happen.

The Knicks have veteran players that could be useful on teams that are contending.  Morris is one, he’s being targeted by the Clippers and Sixers.  Others that could be targeted are Dennis Smith Jr., Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington and Allonzo Trier.

When the Knicks become sellers, roster spots will be available.  One player in their G-League affiliate, Westchester Knicks, that can earn a spot is Kenny Wooten Jr. out of Oregon.

While Wooten’s stats for Westchester aren’t breathtaking,  6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, he is averaging 3.5 blocks per.  He’s a highlight factory when it comes to blocks, dunks, rebounds and giving the team energy.

Wooten has the ability to jump out of the gym similar to a Mitchell Robinson.  Those two could be a dynamic duo for the Knicks front court.  They’re both young, have hops and could wreak havoc in paint.  Wooten could learn how to score in the paint the same way Robinson did.

There are other players for Westchester that could earn a spot like Lamar Peter or Ignas Brazdeikis.  Besides Robinson, the Knicks struggle protecting the rim.  Robinson and Wooten could be a tandem that would bring exciting blocks and energy to the entire team and fan base.