Westchester Knicks pull off upset win behind McBride’s monster game

New York Knicks rookie Miles McBride continued his rampage in the G League.

McBride put up monster numbers and hit the dagger three-pointers as the Westchester Knicks beat the Winter Showcase Cup champion Delaware Blue Coats, 117-107, Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

The gutsy Knicks rookie was clutch.

McBride scored 15 of his career-high-tying 39 points in the fourth quarter, including the back-to-back three-pointer that sealed Westchester’s second straight win.

The Blue Coats shot themselves on the foot when they incessantly complained over a Paul Reed technical foul in the final 95 seconds with the Knicks only up by two, 105-103.

It proved costly for Delaware.

The Blue Coats received five more technical fouls — two on its head coach Coby Karl and his assistant God Shammgod Jr. leading to their ejection and one on Shamorie Ponds, the G League’s 2021 top overall pick.

Karl, an assistant coach with Westchester during the 2015-16 season, threw his coaching board on the floor in disgust and was seen still shouting at the officials on his way out.

The meltdown stemmed from Reed swatting away a Westchester attempt to their bench after a timeout was already called. Westchester was only assessed with a delay of the game warning, much to the chagrin of the Delaware bench.

The Knicks, however, missed three of the six technical free throws, giving the Blue Coats a chance to steal the win. But McBride came through with two clutch three-pointers that sandwiched Myles Powell’s layup.

McBride came one rebound shy of his second triple-double. He added nine rebounds and seven three-pointers, both career-highs, with 10 assists, two steals, and two blocks in 39 minutes. However, he committed seven turnovers but shot the ball well, hitting 12 of 22 overall, including 7 for 11 from deep.

Four more Knicks scored in double figures.

Brandon Williams had 22 points and six assists, while Jericho Sims added a double-double (11 points and 14 rebounds).

The Knicks improved to 3-0 with McBride and hiked their regular-season record to 4-6, winning four of their last six games after a 0-4 start.

The Blue Coats, who were coming off a 131-95 rout of the G League Ignite, dropped to 5-4.

Westchester controlled the game in the first half until Delaware tied it at 82 on Haywood Highsmith three-pointer in the third quarter.

The Blue Coats even grabbed a 93-86 lead with 7:57 left but could not sustain it.

Williams hit back-to-back triples that kept the Knicks within striking distance. A Reed three-pointer gave the Blue Coats their last lead, 98-92. McBride’s thundering dunk triggered a 10-0 Knicks run he capped with a three-point basket for a 102-98 Knicks lead which they never relinquished.

Powell, who played for Westchester last season, led Delaware with 28 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Reed, the reigning regular-season G League MVP, added 20 points and 10 rebounds. NBA veteran Shaquille Harrison produced 12 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

The New York Knicks recalled McBride after the game to rejoin them when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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Knicks bring back controversial guard Myles Powell after waiving Tyler Hall

Former Seton Hall star Myles Powell is back with the New York Knicks as the 20th man on the roster.

The team announced Powell’s signing Tuesday after waiving Tyler Hall. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed, Powell will likely compete for the remaining two-way spot in the roster. Rookie Jericho Sims, the 58th overall pick, is currently slotted in the Knicks’ first two-way slot.

After going undrafted last year, Powell signed a training camp deal with the Knicks but did not make the active lineup. He was relegated to the Knicks’ G League affiliate club in Westchester.

In the G League bubble last season, the 6-foot-2 Powell averaged 17.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 13 games, including three starts. His impressive G League play earned him a two-way contract with the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, but he never saw action.

The Trenton, NJ native was named the 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year and finished his impressive college run as Seton Hall’s third all-time leading scorer. However, the undersized star shooting guard couldn’t parlay his sterling college resume into an NBA career.

In July, he sued his Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and Tony Testa, a staff member, for misdiagnosing a knee injury during his senior year. He blamed the incident for his unsuccessful NBA Draft, causing severe physical and financial consequences damage.

The suit alleged NBA teams discovered that the ankle injury which bothered Powell in his last year with Seton Hall was actually a lateral meniscus tear to his right knee. Powell continued to play well with the injury but with the help of pain killer medication injected by Testa.

The school responded to the lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss it in August.

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Myles Powell returns to Knicks on a two-way contract

Former Seton Hall star Myles Powell has found his way back to New York.

On Friday, the Knicks announced that they had converted Jared Harper’s two-way contract into a 10-day contract to make a spot for Powell.

The undrafted Powell took Harper’s previous spot as one of the Knicks’ two-way players.

Powell was recently dropped by the Milwaukee Bucks, who signed him to a two-way deal after his solid G League campaign with the Westchester Knicks.

The Trenton, New Jersey native, averaged 17.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals with a 45/45/82 shooting splits in 28.1 minutes in 13 games with the Knicks’ G League affiliate team.

Powell was the 2019-20 Big East Player of the Year and was named to the First Team All-American. But he went undrafted, and the Knicks signed him to an exhibit 10 contract to join their training camp.

Harper is expected to sign a second 10-day contract which will make him part of the Knicks for the rest of the regular season.

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Knicks pick up Quinton Rose to replace Myles Powell

The Westchester Knicks acquired former Temple standout Quinton Rose, after Myles Powell left the G League Orlando Bubble.

Powell joined the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-way contract with Rose taking his spot in the Knicks’ G League team roster.

The 6-foot-8 Rose went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft but signed an Exhibit 10 deal with the Sacramento Kings. He entered the Available Player Pool after Sacramento’s G League affiliate, Stockton Kings, begged off from participating in the condensed season.

Rose finished his Temple run with 14.4 points, 2.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals through 129 games with 102 starts. His 1,860 amassed points rank sixth all-time in the Owls’ history. Rose also racked up 231 steals throughout his four-year stay at Temple that stands as seventh all-time in the program history.

The Knicks, however, will only have one game left after a narrow 122-120 loss to Agua Caliente Clippers. Their eighth loss in 14 games eliminated them from playoff contention.

Only the top eight teams will advance in the single-elimination playoffs.

The Knicks will wrap up their G League season against the league-leading Erie Bayhawks (11-3) at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

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Bucks grab Myles Powell from Knicks

The New York Knicks lost former Seton Hall star Myles Powell to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks plan to sign Powell to a two-way contract after an impressive stint with the Westchester Knicks in the G League Orlando bubble.

Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported the news.

Powell averaged 17.8 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals with a 45/45/82 shooting splits in 28.1 minutes. He played 13 games for the Knicks’ G League affiliate team.

Powell is the second Westchester Knicks player to be signed by other NBA teams this season.

Last month, the Houston Rockets signed former Westchester center Justin Patton to a similar two-way contract. The Rockets recently made him their starting center after releasing DeMarcus Cousins. Patton is averaging 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 20.4 minutes for the Rockets.

As the NBA and NBPA intend to loosen the restrictions on two-way contracts this season, Powell will be eligible to play for the Bucks’ regular-season and postseason games once the board approves the revision.

After going undrafted, Powell, the former Big East Player of the Year, signed an exhibit 10 contract with the Knicks. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the regular-season roster. He was relegated to the Knicks’ G League team, where he shined as the team’s third-leading scorer behind Jared Harper and Ignas Brazdeikis.

The Knicks have already maxed out their two-way spots with Harper and Theo Pinson.

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Knicks News: Myles Powell has insane G-League game, Tom Thibodeau is having fun again

New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau

While the New York Knicks didn’t utilize a premium draft pick on a point guard, two of their underrated players are making a name for themselves at different levels. While Immanuel Quickley has dominated his first 25 games in the NBA, Myles Powell has also been effective with the Westchester Knicks. Despite a tough loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Monday, Powell looked sharp, posting a career-high 31 points.

Powell connected on 5of 5 three-point shots, earning six assists and two steals. His influence is growing, and he’s a player I wrote about early on coming out of Seton Hall that could climb the ranks rather quickly. His shooting efficiency and aggressive style of play is impressive, and while the Knicks seem to be figured out with Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton, and Quickley as options at PG, Powell can continue to develop his game in the G-League.

New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau is finally enjoying himself again, and Rose sees it first hand:

Thibodeau used to be a more tough and hardnosed coach, but his style has seemed to change over the years, as Rose has reconnected with him in New York.

“Thibs has more patience [now] than anything. Just being here, appreciating the situation, appreciating him a lot more, it’s a blessing to be here. But you can tell that he’s just a totally different person now. He’s smiling. I’ve never seen him smile as much as he has right now. So it rubs off on me. I’m feeling his energy.”

The toughness he displays has clearly had its influence on the Knicks, who’re finally a team capable of winning games at a consistent rate. They won their last three, with an impressive victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday evening.

“When you get a team that’s committed to playing for each other and doing the right things, I also want us to enjoy it,” Thibodeau said. “But the work component is important and sacrificing for each other is important. When those things happen, it’s enjoyable. It’s a great group to be around every day.”

While the Knicks have done a good job this season adapting to Thibodeau’s system, there’s still plenty of work left to do. They are taking gradual steps in the right direction, but adding a star player via trade could be the missing piece to the puzzle. With Julius Randle having an All-Star-like season, RJ Barrett taking a massive step forward in his second year, and Quickley surprising everybody with his offense, one more premium face might do the trick.

New York Knicks could have their future point guard in UDFA Myles Powell

New York Knicks, Myles Powell, Big East, Seton Hall Pirates

The New York Knicks have a ton of point guards to choose from but no established playmakers. Finding a superstar player at the position has been extremely difficult for the Knicks, and it hasn’t been for the lack of trying. They have spent draft capital and free agency money to acquire many different players, but they’re still looking for the perfect one. However, they might have found their answer and UDFA Myles Powell.

The list of PGs goes on and on, and there’s plenty of talent to choose from but more untapped potential. I believe Elfrid Payton and Frank Ntilikina will be the first choice PGs this upcoming season, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Powell earn serious minutes down the line.

Here’s a list of all the New York Knicks’ point guards:

-Frank Ntilikina

-Elfrid Payton

-Dennis Smith, Jr.

-Myles Powell

-Immanuel Quickley

-Jared Harper

-Austin Rivers

There are a few notable attributes to be aware of regarding Powell, the former Seton Hall stand out. At 6-foot-2, Powell was a three-year starter at Seton Hall, averaging 21 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists during his senior campaign. He literally carried Seton Hall in the Big East, leaving historical marks on their franchise. He was a major reason for the college’s resurgence, with the team winning 20+ games and all four seasons Powell was available.

Luckily, he is good friends with Obi Toppin, the eighth overall pick for the Knicks this past NBA draft. There’s a lot to like when it comes to the young point guard, who is a lethal scorer and fearless competitor. His ability to drive the lane with fantastic vision and heave up shots without thinking twice make him a dangerous threat on offense. One of my favorite aspects about him is his ability to play nonstop basketball, needing minimal rest. He’s the definition of a gamer.

His primary issue is defense, considering his lack of size that could be a problem at the NBA level against stronger and more athletic talent. He is a solid floor manager who has the tenacity to make up for his lack of size on defense.

With the Knicks having a long list of players to choose from at the position, it will take a while for Powell to climb to the surface. Veterans like Payton will earn more reps because of that, but he is a team player and will try to fit into the system the best he can. As a student of the game, I expect him to conform his style to Tom Thibodeau’s system and get himself in a position for reps.

As a UDFA, Powell is a low-risk player for the Knicks, and considering staying in New York, he’s already comfortable with the scenery and intensity. I believe he has everything it takes to be a quality point guard in the NBA and could be earning starting minutes by the end of the 2020–21 season.

Did the New York Knicks Land a Gem in UDFA Myles Powell?

New York Knicks, Myles Powell

Shortly after the draft, the Knicks immediately got into contact with Seton Hall megastar Myles Powell. It was a shock to most college basketball fans to see the New Jersey native not get drafted in the 2nd round, at least. The Knicks were able to ink the ball-dominant guard in order to give him a shot at either a two-way contract or a spot on the Knicks. After letting go of Kenny Wooten, they freed up a two-way contract to offer the 4-year college prospect. The hype around Myles Powell is real, but is he someone who could really contribute to the Knicks? With his talent and mentality, he might just be the steal of the draft.

Elite Scorer At the Guard Position

The Knicks guard depth coming into the draft was weak, but with Myles Powell, Immanuel Quickley, and Alec Burkes, they have some additional depth to drive competition. In his 4-year collegiate career, Powell was able to average 17.5 PPG, 3.3 REB, and 2.3 AST on a 56.2% True Shooting % and 34.6% from beyond the arc. He’s a high usage scorer who, despite receiving double teams from opponents, is still able to score. He has a 1.8 Defensive Box Plus-Minus in college as well, making him a valuable two-way guard. I don’t see Myles starting on this roster, but he can be a sparkplug off of the bench. His competitive fire and underdog story will also have another effect on the Knicks.

Creating Healthy Competition on the Knicks

The New York Knicks have a few guards ahead of Myles on the depth chart, but that won’t stop him from battling. He’s going to want to get minutes, so if players on the team want to keep their jobs, they’re going to need to work. Healthy competition on a roster is always good for a team, and he’s going to bring it. Myles Powell has been counted out in college and in the draft. The Knicks are giving Myles Powell a chance, so he’s going to run with it. Players who aren’t impressing are going to need to step up, or else Powell will eclipse them. The young guys run the show now on the roster, so it’s open season for minutes.

What Can Myles Powell Do For The Knicks?

I think off the bench, given 20 minutes, he’s going to be able to be a good shooter who can spark the offense. The bench isn’t a strong suit, so the Knicks need to hope he and the bench can give them valuable points. I think the player comparison I have for Myles is Lou Williams, a bench player who gets on the court and makes a heavy offensive presence. I don’t think Myles will be some MVP, but the Knicks got a good one in him. Offense is rampant in modern-day basketball, and Myles is exactly what you want out of a 6th man in the NBA. His defensive potential is also there, and we could be seeing a fairytale in the making.

Grading the New York Knicks draft picks and UDFA signings

With the 2020 NBA Draft finally, in the books, the Knicks had themselves a busy and productive night. After all the trades they made, they came away with two draft picks and one undrafted free agent. I’m going to offer my grades and analysis for each of the three acquisitions.

NBA Draft Round 1 Pick 8: Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton

The Knicks started their draft off with a bang by taking the Consensus First Team All-American and John R. Wooden Award winner in Dayton’s star big man, Obi Toppin.

When they were on the clock, there were a number of intriguing options available. Aside from Toppin, Iowa State guard Tyrese Halliburton, Israeli forward Deni Avdija, and Florida State wing Devin Vassell were all still on the board. The reaction amongst the media and Knicks fans at the selection of Toppin was mixed as usual. I would have preferred Halliburton, but you can’t really criticize the Toppin pick.

Toppin is an electric and explosive player with great athleticism. He is capable of scoring all over the floor and possesses a smooth jump shot as well. He is a human highlight-reel who dominated college basketball last season at Dayton, finishing with a stat line of 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 70% from the field and nearly 40% from three. Toppin should become an instant fan-favorite and provides the kind of box-office appeal that can make the Knicks a fun team to watch again.

There certainly are criticisms with Toppin’s game, which is why he fell to the Knicks. He isn’t a very strong defender, although he’s already spoken about how excited he is to work at and improve his defense under Tom Thibodeau. He also is 22 years old, which is pretty old for a rookie, but that hopefully means he’ll need less time to develop and will be ready to make a big impact immediately.

It wasn’t a secret that the Knicks wanted Toppin badly, probably stemming from his CAA connection. They were trying to trade up to draft him, but fortunately, they didn’t have to. Toppin is a very good player who should help this Knicks team on day one. Getting the best player in college basketball last season at number 8 is a steal, and Knicks fans should be happy about the pick.

Grade: A+

NBA Draft RD 1 Pick 25: Immanuel Quickley, G, Kentucky

After originally packaging picks 27 and 38 to move up to pick 23, the Knicks then made a savvy move by trading pick 23 for pick 25 and 33. So they essentially turned picks 27 and 38 into picks 25 and 33. With the 25th pick, the Knicks selected Kentucky sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley.

While this selection may have come to the surprise of some, as most people had Quickley listed as a second-round pick, there’s a lot to like with Quickley.

Arguably the Knicks’ biggest team need was shooting, and Quickley brings that. He was a sniper for John Calipari last season, putting together a solid stat line of 16.1 points, 2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds en route to being named the SEC Player of the Year.

His shooting percentages were phenomenal, as he shot nearly 42% from the field, 43% from three, and 92% from the free-throw line. Quickley also has shown promise on defense, averaging a steal a game. He is limited in other areas of his game, but Quickley’s ability to space the floor and shoot at a high level is a perfect fit for the Knicks and helps fill a big need.

As for those saying the pick is a reach, that might have some truth to it, but how many late first-round picks really pan out in the NBA? Not a very high percentage. Quickley also has a skill set that should translate well to the NBA, and the familiarity is there with the Knicks coaching staff through Knicks assistant coach and former Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne. Therefore, considering all those factors, is getting Kentucky’s leading scorer and the SEC Player of the Year with the 25th pick really that much of a reach at all? A solid pick for the Knicks.

Grade: B

UDFA Signing: Myles Powell, G, Seton Hall

After trading pick 33 for a 2023 second-round pick, which was a questionable move, the Knicks were done drafting after the Quickley pick.

Once the draft ended, however, they ended up snagging arguably the top undrafted free agent available in Seton Hall’s star guard Myles Powell.

Powell was one of the most dynamic players in the country over his four years as a Pirate, with this past year being his best. He averaged 21 points, 3 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals as he lead Seton Hall to a Big East championship. He also won the Big East Player of the Year, was a Consensus First Team All-American, and won the Jerry West Award for the best shooting guard in the country.

Many were surprised to see Powell go undrafted, which might have to do with him being a senior and the fact he is undersized for the shooting guard position, but he is an electric scorer who has a legitimate shot to make the roster. At the very least, he can be the type of player who provides instant offense off the bench for the Knicks. If he can improve his shot selection a bit and strengthen his defense, he has the chance to be a huge steal.

This was a fantastic pick-up by the Knicks, as they grab an experienced, talented player who plays with a chip on his shoulder. Powell also has plenty of familiarity at Madison Square Garden, having played there many times in college. This is the kind of under-the-radar move that can pay off in the long run for the Knicks.

Grade: A

Overall, the Knicks had a very productive draft night, adding two talented players who will help right away and can be foundational pieces going forward. Throw in a dynamic undrafted free agent in Powell, and Knicks fans should be feeling very good about the three players they added to the team. Hopefully, this group can help the Knicks compete for a playoff spot this season and beyond.

Overall grade: A-

Knicks open up $40 million cap space, add undrafted rookie Myles Powell

New York Knicks, Myles Powell, Big East, Seton Hall Pirates

The New York Knicks have started cleaning the house to create cap flexibility as they aim to continue reshaping their roster via free agency and trades.

The Knicks have declined the team options of Bobby Portis ($15.7 million) and Theo Pinson ($1.7 million). The team has also waived Taj Gibson ($10.29 million), Elfrid Payton ($8 million), and Wayne Ellington ($8 million).

There’s some mutual interest for Gibson and Portis to return on a new discounted deal, per Ian Begley of SNY.

The Knicks have also not extended a qualifying offer to Damyean Dotson ($2.02 million). They have also waived two-way player Kenny Wooten, Jr., whose spot should go to undrafted rookie Myles Powell of Seton Hall, who will sign with the Knicks as first reported by Adam Zagoria of NJ.com.

Wooten thanked the Knicks on Twitter after learning their decision.

Only Reggie Bullock, who has a value contract of $4.2 million, will be retained.

The series of the Knicks moves were first reported by Marc Berman of The NY Post and Newsday’s Steve Popper.

Big player in Free Agency

All in all, the Knicks have opened up a $40 million cap space as they go into the market as one of the big players when free agency begins on Friday.

The Knicks have 10 players with guaranteed contracts, including their rookies Obi Toppin, selected at No. 8, and Immanuel Quickley, the 25th pick.

The Knicks have maintained their ability to absorb a large contract in anticipation of a possible trade with the Houston Rockets’ disgruntled star point guard Russell Westbrook.

They are also looking at free agents to shore up their young roster with Fred Van Vleet, DJ Augustin, Jeff Teague, Goran Dragic as candidates for the point guard spot.

They have also been linked to Boston’s forward Gordon Hayward and Washington Wizards’ sharpshooter Davis Bertans.

On the Knicks’ radar are big men Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein and defensive specialist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, all Kenny Payne’s projects in Kentucky.

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