Another addition, Derrick Williams is arguably the one free agent signee that went under the radar. Initial reaction was that the Knicks overpaid for the 2011 NBA Draft bust with a $10 million, two-year deal. While Williams hasn't lived up to the usual reputation of a former No. 2 overall pick, he's still developed into a reliable role player in The Association. What's more, the pact is a very small/reasonable one, which means his salary won't burden his new team financially, even with Williams holding a player option for the 2016-17 season.
Regardless, the still youthful 24-year-old stands to play a big role and make an impact for New York. Able to confidently score in bunches, some believe the Knicks will use Williams as a small forward off the bench to come in and provide relief on the offensive end when Anthony and others are sitting.
That said, Williams starting more than just a handful of games shouldn't be considered out of the realm of possibility, either.
Unless the Knicks decide to slot Anthony at the four, the power forward position appears to be the most open in the starting five. 2015 No. 4 overall draft pick Kristaps Porzingis isn't expected to make a meaningful impact right away, let alone start. When the season begins, perhaps O'Quinn will start alongside Anthony and Lopez in the front court.
Williams has struggled on the defensive end in recent years, which is exactly where O'Quinn tends to shine. But the Knicks are also hoping to get more offensively out of him as well, whereas the same expectation for Williams on defense might not necessarily be there. The two appear to complement each other nicely, but the Knicks will assumedly be in need of more offense while searching for secondary scorers behind Anthony. Should O'Quinn not be able to perform, Williams will be receiving more minutes.
The former Kings forward is not necessarily a one-dimensional player, despite his defensive struggles. He rebounds the ball well, knows how to box out and fight opposing players under the glass.
Because of his ability to play the three and four, Williams will receive starts based on different matchups. Given the way the Knicks have struggled to find reliable scorers, there's certainly potential for Williams to average double-figures, which is something he hasn't done since the 2012-13 season. Still, that same potential to do so may be just enough to keep him on the floor longer than his front-court counterparts.