Westchester Knicks

The Westchester Knicks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and is an affiliate of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Based in Westchester County, the Knicks play their home games at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.

Westchester Knicks
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2014
HistoryWestchester Knicks
2014–present
ArenaWestchester County Center
LocationWhite Plains, New York
Team colorsBlue, orange, silver, black, white[1][2][3]
                        
General managerAllan Houston
Head coachDerrick Alston[4]
OwnershipNew York Knicks
Affiliation(s)New York Knicks
Championships0
Division/Conference titles1 (2018)
Websitewestchester.dleague.nba.com

The Knicks became the seventh D-League team to be owned by an NBA team and replaced the Erie BayHawks as the Knicks' D-League affiliate.[5]

The Knicks had filed for trademarks for five possible names: New York 914s, New York 'Bockers, New York Plainsmen, New York Empire, and New York Hutch.[6] On May 14, 2014, the Westchester Knicks name and logo were announced; in addition to retaining the parent club's "Knicks" name, the Knicks had also incorporated the original "Father Knickerbocker" logo (drawn by Willard Mullin) which was in use by the parent Knicks from the team's founding in 1946 until 1964.[1] The logo later changed to the current one, which resembles the New York Knicks' current logo.

History

2014–15 season

On September 3, 2014 The Westchester Knicks acquired 16 players on the 2014 NBA Development League Expansion Draft.[7] On October 13 Kevin Whitted was named as the first coach of Westchester.[8] On November 1, in the 2014 NBA D-League Draft, the Westchester Knicks made second-round guard Joseph Bertrand their first ever selection.[9] On November 16 they made their regular season debut in an 84-91 loss against the local Oklahoma City Blue.[10] Three days later they made their home debut, again losing, this time against the Canton Charge on an 84-88 affair.[11] Their first win came on November 21 against the Grand Rapids Drive in their third game, which they won by 97-83 at home.[12]

On January 7, 2015, Langston Galloway signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, becoming the first player to be called up to the NBA in franchise history.[13]

On March 30, 2015, the Knicks announced via Twitter that head coach Kevin Whitted was relieved of his duties and that assistant coach Craig Hodges would serve as the interim head coach for the final week of the 2014-15 season.[14] The Knicks were 10-36 at the time for Whitted's firing, which was second worst in the Development League. Whitted became the first head coach to be fired in franchise history.

2015–16 season

On October 7, 2015, the Westchester Knicks hired Mike Miller to be their head coach.[15] Previously he served as an assistant coach for the Austin Toros. On October 27, 2015, the Westchester Knicks hired Coby Karl and Derrick Alston as the assistant basketball coaches.[16] On October 31, 2015, with the second pick in the NBA D-League draft, The Westchester Knicks drafted Jimmer Fredette.[17]

Gatorade Call-Ups

All NBA D-League prospects — players whose rights are not owned by NBA teams — are free agents and are eligible to be called up to the NBA.[18]

2014-15

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

Season-by-season

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesPct.
Westchester Knicks
2014–15Atlantic5th1040.200
2015–16Atlantic2nd2822.560Lost First Round (Sioux Falls) 0–2
2016–17Atlantic3rd1931.380
2017–18Atlantic1st3218.640Lost Conf. Semifinal (Raptors) 80–92
2018–19Atlantic2nd2921.580Won First Round (Windy City) 95–82
Lost Conf. Semifinal (Lakeland) 91–104
Regular season record118132.472
Playoff record13.250

Current roster

Westchester Knicks roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 0 Allen, Kadeem (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993–01–15 Arizona
F 23 Bond, Tim 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1995–09–03 Eastern Michigan
F 30 Gilder-Tilbury, Kavin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994–05–16 Texas State
G 6 Hall, Tyler 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1997–03–25 Montana State
G 14 Hinton, Amir 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997–02–14 Shaw
G 7 Irvin, Zak 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–09–05 Michigan
F 13 King, V. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1997–01–22 Louisville
F 21 Moore, J. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991–07–25 Rutgers
G 9 Peters, Lamar 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998–06–19 Mississippi State
F/C 25 Rabb, Ivan (TW) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1997–02–04 California
F 3 White, Andrew 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–06–16 Syracuse
F 1 Wooten, Kenny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1998–04–17 Oregon
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–11–13

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
GWLWin%GWLWin%
1Kevin Whitted2014–2015501040.200
2Mike Miller2015–201920010892.540413.250
3Derrick Alston2019–50

NBA affiliates

References

  1. "Knicks Reveal Name of New NBA D-League Team: 'Westchester Knicks'". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 14, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  2. Archino, Joe (March 10, 2017). "Looking Back on the First Three Years in Westchester". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  3. "Westchester Knicks Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  4. "Derrick Alston Named Westchester Knicks Head Coach". GLeague.NBA.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. August 20, 2019. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  5. "NBA D-League Expands to 18 as Knicks Purchase Team". NBA Development League. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  6. Knicks File For Trademarks On Five Potential D-League Team Names
  7. WESTCHESTER KNICKS ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO 16 PLAYERS IN EXPANSION DRAFT
  8. KEVIN WHITTED NAMED WESTCHESTER KNICKS HEAD COACH
  9. WESTCHESTER KNICKS SELECT SIX PLAYERS IN 2014 NBADL DRAFT
  10. Westchester Knicks Drop Season Opener 91-84
  11. Westchester Knicks Lose 88-84
  12. WESTCHESTER KNICKS NOTCH FIRST-EVER FRANCHISE WIN
  13. "Knicks Call Up Langston Galloway from Westchester Affiliate". NBA.com. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  14. http://dleague.nba.com/news/westchester-knicks-hire-mike-miller-as-head-coach/
  15. http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/knicks/westchester-knicks-hire-coby-karl-derrick-alston-as-assistants-1.11016196
  16. http://dleague.nba.com/news/2015-nba-d-league-draft-board/
  17. "2015-16 GATORADE Call-Ups". NBA Development League. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  18. "Knicks Call Up Langston Galloway from Westchester Affiliate". NBA Development League. January 7, 2015.
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