The fans have been asking for it, and on Monday afternoon the Knicks’ front office delivered. Kenny Wooten, the human highlight reel who has been plying his trade for the Westchester Knicks, is finally a part of the big club.
Wooten is averaging 7.7 points (on 66.0% shooting), 5.9 rebounds, and a preposterous 3.4 blocks per game for the Knicks’ G League affiliate. As you can see in this video, the kid can get up to defend the rim.
Those scoring numbers may not seem like much, but Wooten has picked it up in recent games, including back-to-back 18-point efforts. He really showed off the total package in the W-Knicks’ last game: in addition to catching lobs that few mortals could catch, he was dropping tasty dimes and even showing off a mid-range jumper.
Unfortunately, this means the end for Ivan Rabb’s time as a Knick. He never played for the big club, but he held his own in Westchester. Still, he lacks the upside of Wooten, and the Knicks made the right choice.
So when we see Wooten at MSG? It’s hard to say. Most fans — myself included — would like to see him get Bobby Portis’ minutes immediately. But the front office isn’t likely to bench Portis until after the trade deadline. We might have to wait a few weeks for Wooten’s Garden debut.