Knicks who could benefit from second bubble: Kenny Wooten
Kenny Wooten was named to the G-League’s All-Defensive Team last week; he finished third in G-League Defensive Player of the Year voting. The two-way player was a shot-blocking machine in Westchester, swatting away 3.6 shots per game. He is still waiting for his chance to make an impression on the NBA court.
A second bubble in Chicago would allow Wooten an opportunity to impress Knicks president Leon Rose and whoever is named head coach of the team by then. If front-runner Tom Thibodeau gets the job, it’s hard to believe he wouldn’t instantly fall in love with Wooten’s defensive intensity.
The 22-year-old is a bit different than your typical shot-blocker. He isn’t seven feet tall (he’s only 6-foot-8), instead relying on his athleticism and standing reach to become a dominant presence inside.
Wooten could use a potential September workout to justify more playing time in the NBA off his two-way contract next season. It also gives him an opportunity to show the rest of the league what he can do. Whether teams are in favor of playing in Chicago or not, it will surely draw attention of scouts who will finally have a chance to see some young players in real action.