NY Knicks: No one is talking about these 3 key players

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NY Knicks: Derrick Rose can have a monster series

There is a possibility that the Atlanta Hawks hide Trae Young on defense. They could decide to place him on Reggie Bullock, who is really just used as a spot-up shooter. He struggles to keep up with point guards.

It may be a wise decision, as Young is going to have a difficult time anytime he gets matched up with Derrick Rose.

Trae Young ranks 168th/179 eligible players in defensive box +/- this season.

If anyone can get into attack mode on the NY Knicks, it’s Derrick Rose. The 32-year-old has been playing a high level of efficient basketball – as a shooter, facilitator, and a 1-man wrecking ball getting to the rim.

Rose is going to come off the bench as he has all season but will play just over 30 minutes per game. The Atlanta Hawks are once again going to have to figure out how they’re going to match up with their starters of Young-Bogdanović-Hunter-Collins-Capela.

Not only that but they’re going to need to find a way to slow down Rose for when he first enters the game late in the first quarter. Rose has torched opposing 2nd units.

Lou Williams? Huerter? Is Kris Dunn a thing?

There’s just no way I can see Atlanta being able to slow down Rose and hold him to under 20 points per game. This is a matchup he can absolutely exploit. Rose scored 20 points in their last meeting and finished the game with a net rating of +14.

It doesn’t stop there. New York has another dynamic scorer that Atlanta is going to have to deal with.