New York Knicks: Re-Signing Derrick Rose is Top Offseason Priority
The Knicks season ended with a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA first round playoffs but Derrick Rose was hardly to blame.
The Knicks top regular season offensive performers in Julius Randle and R.J. Barrett have disappeared for the most part in the playoffs. On the contrary, Rose has excelled overall in these playoffs and has carried the team offensively for the most part.
In the first four games vs the Hawks, Rose has scored 17, 26, 30 and 18 points. He was doing everything on the court. Scoring from inside, driving to the lane and hitting perimeter jumpers as well. He’s also been dishing it out and getting others involved as well. So DRose has no doubt been the Knicks best and most consistent player in the playoffs.
Rose has also been a solid contributor for the Knicks in the regular season after being acquired from the Detroit Pistons back in February. Especially in the last month of the regular season after coming back from COVID protocols. Rose took off and became the team’s second best player after Randle.
Derrick Rose’s resurgence has brought back flashbacks from his young MVP days with the Chicago Bulls.
Rose will be a free agent after this season. He was first thought of as just a one year rental at age 32. But now there’s been talks of an extension.
Re-signing Rose is a no brainer. He’s been nothing but good for the Knicks in his second go around in New York. Rose is scoring in many different ways. He still has the penetration and the drive to still create havoc in the lane with his athleticism. Rose has also improved his three point shooting and his playmaking. He has been getting his teammates more involved.
Rose may not be the elite MVP player he was when he first came to the league. But he is a wiser and more team oriented player right now. Then you add the fact that he’s was the team’s best contributor in the playoffs. He has also been a good mentor to rookies Immanuel Quickley and Obi Toppin. Both of them can continue to develop more with DRose back.
Unlike Randle who can command a max extension, Rose can still come in pretty cheap and affordable. He may not be the Knicks future point guard but he can still fill in that position until the team finally acquires a young solid point guard. Rose can also continue to mentor Quickley, as the rookie continues to improve his game.
During the regular season, the Knicks had a much better record with Rose on the floor than without him. In the playoffs, the Knicks offense were at its best when Rose was on the court and had the ball in his hands.
The Knicks have a solid young core of players, like Barrett, Toppin and Quickley who are still developing and will only get better in the future. Having a veteran presence like Rose eases their development even more and helps them reach their potential faster than scheduled.
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