One player at each position New York Knicks should target in Offseason

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New York Knicks power forward target: Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk would be the perfect under-the-radar free agent for New York this summer.

He’ll be just 30 years old, but Olynyk can give a lot off the bench for a basketball team. He blossomed into a big role with Houston, averaging 19 points for his last 27 games of the season. However, he may want to win and Houston could go in the direction of a younger player, which would lead Olynyk to explore other options.

The 6-foot-11 mobile big man will likely be a hot commodity to any contender looking to strengthen its bench this offseason. Olynyk is a proven grit and grind type player, who has an effective shot from long range. He’s also a solid rebounder and passes well for his size.

The biggest reason for bringing Olynyk to the Knicks is how easily he seems to fit into starting roles in the blink of an eye. Whether it be in Boston, Miami, or Houston, Olynyk was never brought in to be a starting center, but due to injuries, he’s always been able to step in and not let for a big drop-off in production.

If New York plans on keeping Mitchell Robinson in its plans, a guy like Olynyk would be welcomed. Taj Gibson and Nerlens Noel stepped in fine, but Olynyk would provide for an option that wouldn’t merely step in, but keep the production level. Even though Olynyk is by nature a power forward, he’s played enough center to fit that role.

There’d also be a possibility that Olynyk could develop into a starter at center. He’s been around the block, and also Robinson is talented, the injury bug has been a problem. Olynyk has stayed healthy through his NBA career, so a move for him would also make for better consistency in the lineup.