While the likes of Derrick Williams and Kyle O'Quinn will likely compete for starts and playing time, each player seems to have flaws and/or holes in their respective games. Williams can heat up offensively, but struggles defensively. On the flip side, O'Quinn is someone who enjoys using his physicality to fight for rebounds and pester opposing scorers. He, however, isn't as polished on the offensive end.
Having said that, Williams is just 24 and O'Quinn is only 25 years old. There's room to improve and relative time to do it. With that in mind, O'Quinn is looking to become a more complete player.
"I want to stretch it out a bit. Everybody loves a stretch guy. I don't want to be a liability. I'd hate for [the Knicks] to say, 'oh, we need a guy who can hit it, and Kyle can't hit it,'" O'Quinn recently said on the Basketball Insiders podcast.
The Knicks were smart to (hopefully) create a healthy balance at the position with the type of respective skill-sets that both Williams and O'Quinn provide, but at the least the latter has the right mindset going into it. Versatility is key to staying on the floor.
O'Quinn added, "I'm not saying I'm a three-point specialist, but I'm getting more comfortable with the corner three. Being more consistent with my decision-making and my instinctive passing. I'm playing more five on five and improving my basketball IQ."
In the interest of continuing to improve and not be pigeon-holed as a one-dimensional player, he said, "I try to expand my range each and every year."
But as he continues to become more polished actually scoring the basketball, O'Quinn understands that his abilities on the defensive end are his bread and butter. The impact he makes on that end of the floor is what intrigued the Knicks the most when signing him.
O'Quinn, a Queens, NY native, discussed playing closer to home, the free agency process, and praised a couple of his new teammates while appearing on the podcast.