Knicks’ NBA D-League Expansion Draft results to be released

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

This coming season, the Knicks will own and operate their own NBA D-League team out of Westchester (to be called the Westchester Knicks). On Tuesday, the league held an expansion draft for Westchester, allowing the Knicks to begin building a foundation for its minor league team.

The results of the draft are expected to be released at some point on Wednesday.

The NBA squad has been affiliated with D-League teams in the past, but never before have they had a minor league team with such local proximity. The fact that the team can finally operate out of Westchester will allow the Knicks to utilize the minor league a bit more freely. NBA players can be easily assigned back and forth (even as frequently as on a nightly basis), aiding the development of such guns as it relates to helping them receive more substansial in-game reps. If the minutes aren’t available on the NBA squad, some of the Knicks’ youngsters can hit the hardwood in Westchester instead. In the process, the team can send over a scout or two to easily and readily monitor such progress along the way. Sometimes that proves more difficult to do if the minor league is out of state.

In addition, operating an entire team out of Westchester will open the Knicks’ eyes up to an entire other way of scouting players. The team will have access to up to ten promising prospects on a daily basis, as well as some of the incoming visiting prospects occasionally, too. They will be able to keep a closer eye on those players who happen to intrigue them, but perhaps aren’t quite fully ready to make the cut.

Some players with previous Knickerbocker ties (be it via a roster spot or training camp invite) to grace the D-League stage in most recent seasons include Jerome Jordan, Ike Diogu, CJ Leslie, Andy Rautins, and even former camp invitee Ron Howard, who was named the minor league’s co-MVP last season.

UPDATE: Below are the results (with sixteen selections in all) from the expansion draft:

 




17 comments
lindro88
lindro88

Jeff Adrien? That guy was very good last yr

greekfreak
greekfreak

I wonder how the people that didn't wanna trade Shump for Faried feel? #NotTooBright

brookdon
brookdon

Wasn't much of a Faried fan before these games, but he really is dominating out there.

greekfreak
greekfreak

The guys we pick will be doo doo. Being that we are an "expansion" team, the other teams get to keep their top 10 players (I think) and we get to pick out of the left overs... Go Thanasis!!! #FreeBiggie

rico
rico

Am I going to get banned for thinking what i just thought?

2dullah2
2dullah2

We should all end our posts with #freebiggie...

Oh and... Just for good measure and to 'stay on topic'

KNICKS B*TCH!!!!!

eddievee
eddievee

Hi all, When do the Knicks report to training camp?

C0P0
C0P0

@greekfreak They'll defend it like an ugly kid. Don't waste your energy. Faried for Shump was a no brainer IMO but Shump will get yet another chance to have that breakout season. LOL I don't expect much more consistency form him on the offense but he's not the superior defender that Faried is IMO. They don't call him The Manimal for nothing. Shump is called….in consistent. 

greekfreak
greekfreak

Roster looks fairly crappy.. I do like Summers tho

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLDKNICK3 

Going way back to Knick Hall of Fame PG Dick McGuire. He should be in the top 5, IMHO. 

Michael Ray was an immense talent. Sadly, he never realized his full potential.

brookdon
brookdon

I don't know if Pablo is a great fit for the triangle and eventually I think Larkin's youth will allow him to surpass him. I like all three though.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@eddievee Hasn't been announced yet

C0P0
C0P0

@brookdon I disagree. I think Prigs is one of the better 2 way PG's we'll have in the triangle. 

He can pass, shoot the three and is the best defending PG on the roster. 

rico
rico

@brookdon If anybody already plays the triangle it's Prigs.