WHITE PLAINS, NY – October 23, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, announced today the training camp roster in preparation for the 2018-19 season. The team tips off the regular season on Friday, November 2 against the Maine Red Claws at Portland Expo Building in Portland, Maine. The team’s home opener is Tuesday, November 6 versus the Delaware Blue Coats at the Westchester County Center.
Westchester’s training camp roster comprises of 16 players with various collegiate and professional experience. The team was assembled through NBA affiliate players, returning players, local team tryouts and Two-Way Player contracts.
Highlighting the 2018-19 team are Two-Way Players Isaiah Hicks and Allonzo Trier as well as affiliate players, Kadeem Allen, Tyrius Walker, Jeff Coby and Phil Carr.
Five players will be returning for another season with the Westchester Knicks:Devon Baulkman, Billy Garrett, John Jenkins, Paul Watson and Sekou Wiggs.
Trevon Blueitt will also participate on New Orleans Pelicans Flex Assignment.
Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller was named the 2017-18 NBA G League Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year, as voted on by G League head coaches and general managers. Last season, he led the Westchester Knicks (32-18) to its first Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division titles and the top overall seed in the 2018 NBA G League Playoffs.
|1||Kadeem Allen||G||6’3||200||Maine||Arizona/USA||Jan. 15, 1993||Wilmington, NC|
|0||Devon Baulkman||G/F||6’4||200||Returning Player||Tennessee/USA||Nov. 10, 1991||Bainbridge, GA|
|8||Trevon Blueitt||G||6’5||198||NOP Flex Assignment||Xavier/USA||Nov. 4, 1994||Indianapolis, IN|
|7||Phil Carr||6’8||205||Affiliate Player||Morgan State/USA||Brooklyn, NY|
|11||Jeff Coby||F||6’8||225||Affiliate Player||Columbia/USA||Feb. 4, 1994||Pembroke Pines, FL|
|23||Spencer Collins||G||6’4||195||Local Tryout||Wofford/USA||Nov. 19, 1993||Easley, SC|
|32||Duje Dukan||6’10||220||Fort Wayne||Wisconsin/Croatia||Dec. 4, 1991||Split, Croatia|
|3||Billy Garrett||G/F||6’6||215||Returning Player||Depaul/USA||Oct. 16, 1994||Chicago, IL|
|20||Gyorgy Goloman||F||6’11||225||Local Tryout||UCLA/Hungary||Apr. 2, 1996||Kormend, Hungary|
|4||Isaiah Hicks||F/C||6’9||240||NYK/Two-Way||North Carolina/USA||Jul. 24, 1994||Oxford, NC|
|31||John Jenkins||G||6’4||215||Returning Player||Vanderbilt/USA||Mar. 6, 1991||Hendersonville, TN|
|9||Tyrius Walker||G||6’1||185||Affiliate Player||Morehouse/USA||Dec. 28, 1995||Atlanta, GA|
|5||Paul Watson||F||6’6||210||Returning Player||Fresno State/USA||Dec. 30, 1994||Phoenix, Arizona|
|2||Sekou Wiggs||G||6’4||183||Returning Player||Alaska/USA||Oct. 8, 1994||Seattle, WA|
|14||Allonzo Trier||G||6’5||200||NYK/Two-Way||Arizona/USA||Jan. 17, 1996||Seattle, WA|
|25||Stephen Zimmerman||C||6’11||240||South Bay||UNLV/USA||Sep. 9, 1996||Hendersonville, TN|
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons. | 2018-19 Two-Way Players
Teams hold the rights to any player who has played for them within the last two seasons, as long as they have not released that player.
NBA AFFILIATE PLAYERS
When NBA teams trim their rosters during training camp and the preseason, they have the first crack at acquiring their waived players on their NBA G League affiliate.
Organizations can designate up to four “affiliate players,” though those players will remain NBA free agents. This still allows NBA front offices to identify prospects that they like and keep them in their system — especially given the current state of the league, in which all 27 NBA G League teams are singly affiliated with an NBA parent club.
LOCAL TRYOUT PLAYERS
NBA G League teams hold tryouts during each offseason, inviting some players to participate for free while attracting locals who pay a small fee to participate. The teams can invite the cream of the crop (up to four players) to their training camps.
A few dozen tryout players each year make their way onto training camp rosters, and many have even made it into game action and beyond.
The NBA G League’s flexible assignment system – which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season – will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury.