Going into the draft, the Knicks were rumored to be interested in Patric Young as early as pick No. 34 according to the New York Post's Marc Berman, so it was surprising to see them pass on him three times.
If the rumors were true, though, it's hard to see them passing up a fourth time, as this has worked out perfectly for Phil Jackson to get his hands on every prospect he wanted.
Young isn't particularly skilled on offense (especially in the post), but weighing in at 250 pounds, he's a very physically imposing player. He's built like a taller DeJuan Blair and uses that strength to his advantage on the defensive end.
As a rebounder, Young isn't as impressive as he should be considering the space he can take up in the paint, but that's a skill that can be taught over time. After all, rebounding comes down to effort, and with his strength, he's already at an advantage over his opponents.
The main issue is that Young stands at only 6'10", but he has a decent wingspan and the athleticism to make up for that. As Dwight Howard has proven time after time, you don't necessarily need to be a 7-footer to make an impact on the defensive end.
After trading Tyson Chandler, the Knicks are extremely thin at center right now, so signing Young is an absolute no-brainer. If they find a starter in free agency, he'd make a solid backup who can hold his own physically and defensively at the NBA level.