With the November 8th G League season opener rapidly approaching, last week’s draft represented the end of another long offseason for the NBA’s minor league. The Westchester Knicks have entered a state of transition, with several key players and head coach Mike Miller departing for the big club, and this year’s draft gave them a big opportunity to start anew, especially with two first round picks in tow (No. 4 and No. 22).
With their first pick, the W-Knicks selected Tyler Hall, a 6-foot-5 guard from Montana State. Hall had a very successful college career, averaging 20 points per game over his four years there and earning honors such as All-Big Sky first-team, Big-Sky freshman of the year, and being mentioned on the Julius Irving Small Forward of the Year watch list.
After originally drafting Kerwin Roach II from the University of Texas with their second pick, the W-Knicks traded him in exchange for Tim Bond and Kavin Gilder-Tilbury. Both players are above 6-foot-7 and projected to be versatile and active combo forwards who do a bit of everything. Bond was an excellent defender during his time at Eastern Michigan, as he won the Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year two years ago, before joining the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season.
The 6-foot-7 Gilder-Tilbury is more known for his offensive abilities. Between his senior season at Texas State and playing overseas as a pro last season, KGT averaged 13 points per game and shot 50% from the field and 35% from three.