Kenny Wooten was named the G-League defense team last week; finished third in the voting for the G-League defender of the year. The two-way player was a machine that blocked shots in Westchester, throwing 3.6 shots per game. He is still waiting for his chance to impress the NBA pitch.
A second bubble in Chicago would give Wooten the opportunity to impress the Knicks’ president Leon Rose and whoever has been named head coach of the team ever since. If Tom Thibodeau were the first place, it is difficult to believe that he would not instantly fall in love with Wooten’s defensive intensity.
The 22 year old is a little different from your typical shot blocker. He is not one meter eighty tall (he is only one meter eighty), but he relies on his athleticism and his reach to become a dominant presence inside.
Wooten could use a potential September training to justify more playing time in the NBA outside of his two-way contract next season. It also gives him the opportunity to show the rest of the league what he can do. Regardless of whether the teams are in favor of playing Chicago or not, it will certainly attract the attention of the scouts who will finally have the chance to see some young players in action.