New York Knicks: 4 Players who exceeded expectations this season

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New York Knicks who exceeded expectations: Derrick Rose

When Rose was acquired via trade back in February for Dennis Smith Jr. and a 2nd round pick, the general feeling among Knick fans was a nonchalant one. Nobody was truly angry that the team got Rose, but nobody was extremely excited about it either.

Looking back on Rose’s second stint in New York, the excitement level probably should have been through the roof.

The trade deal for the former league MVP might have been the move that saved the season, as Rose immediately provided offense from the point guard spot that had been severely lacking. His ability to put pressure on defenses with his ability to get into the paint was crucial to the team’s offense, and he seemingly always knew when to finish at the rim or kick it out to a wide-open shooter.

The 32-year old also flashed his improved shooting form, connecting on 47.6% of his mid-range jumpers and hitting 41.1% of his threes. His shooting threat has allowed more space for Julius Randle and RJ Barrett to drive into the paint, especially down the stretch of close games. This is going to be even more critical in the playoffs, as Atlanta will likely pack the paint and force the Knicks to beat them from the outside.

In his two games against the Hawks this year Rose is averaging 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on 52.4% shooting.