The New York Knicks are taking a chance on Kadeem Allen as the low-risk, high-reward moves are the theme of the offseason.
Allen played for the Boston Celtics on a two-way contract last season. The Knicks signed the 6-foot-3 guard to a training-camp contract with the possibility of retaining his rights for the G League.
Allen saw minimal time at the NBA level last season, but he was a star in the G League with the Maine Red Claws. With the Red Claws, Allen averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game.
Allen’s upside on the defensive end of the court is the most intriguing aspect of his game. The former Arizona Wildcat made the 2017-18 NBA G League All-Defensive Team. He’s a dogged defender on the perimeter.
Allen’s chances at making the New York Knicks aren’t great. But Allen could be an excellent addition to Mike Miller’s team in Westchester. He’s already proven he can succeed in the G League. Now it’s up to Miller to see if he can elevate his game.
The first part of the rebuild is talent acquisition. The Knicks are doing that with the signings of Allen, Mario Hezonja and Noah Vonleh. Now the tougher part of the rebuild is developing these players into viable options on an NBA roster.
Allen’s facing an uphill battle, but there’s no harm in the Knicks taking a flier on him.