New York Knicks: 3 Reasons Derrick Rose is a critical postseason X-Factor

Derrick Rose, New York Knicks. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Derrick Rose, New York Knicks. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Derrick Rose, New York Knicks
Derrick Rose, Knicks. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

New York Knicks: Derrick Rose has provided perimeter skills

Remember earlier when I mentioned the league’s most famous closers? did you notice anything about that list? It’s certainly full of superstars. It’s also full of ball handlers, guards, and players with perimeter skills. This is no coincidence.

You would be hard-pressed to find a team that relies on a big man to create his own shot in big moments. Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is likely the best example. 76ers’ star Joel Embid also belongs on that list. Maybe Heat center Bam Adebayo as well?

At the end of the day, big guys have a harder time producing in the clutch. Even these top centers have struggled to lead their teams to sustained postseason success.

This is concerning for a Knicks team that boasts Randle as their top talent. While the forward is uniquely well-rounded for a player of his size and position, and has shown a solid outside shot (41% fro three on the season). He also has good ball-handling and passing skills. However, there remain legitimate questions about whether he can create his own shot against playoff defenses.

Other than Rose, the Knicks also lack legitimate perimeter playmakers. Quickley has shown flashes of great skill. But he is also a rookie. Barrett has played well this season. But his lack of a consistent jumper is a concern.

Otherwise, New York would be relying on Elfrid Payton, Bullock, Burks, and (gulp) Frank Ntilikina… This feels like a recipe for disaster.

The whole formula changes with Rose in the mix. He gives New York the ability to create offense from a critical position on the court.

Who do you think is New York’s most important postseason piece? 

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