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.