10. Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
March. 2, 2013; Spokane, WA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk celebrates after a game against the Portland Pilots at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga won 81-52. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Olynyk doesn’t offer up a whole lot of upside, but he is a guy who is ready to play right now, which could be something that Grunwald is looking for. He’s a guy whose offensive game is for real and can stretch the floor.
His offensive ability, especially his jump shot would help take some of the scoring pressure off of Carmelo Anthony, which is another need for the Knicks along with adding size.
If the Knicks are thinking big here, they could also look at Kansas center Jeff Withey or Rudy Gobert of France, but Olynyk would be a good value pick at No. 24.
9. Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
Ledo’s upside makes him a good option for the Knicks here. He has plenty of off-the-court problems, but Ledo is very intelligent on the floor, making him a challenging, but worthwhile project for Woodson.
Having not logged a single minute at Providence after being ruled ineligible, Ledo is now considered one of the higher-risk, higher-reward options in the draft.
Out of high school, Ledo was regarded as a premier scorer who could handle the ball, shoot it and create off the dribble.