NY Knicks: 3 players who will benefit most from Kemba Walker signing

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Julius Randle can learn a thing or two from Kemba Walker

Julius Randle would obviously benefit from the addition of an actual primary ballhandler, but one thing I think has gone a bit under the radar is the experience and leadership Kemba Walker brings, especially come playoff time.

It’s no surprise that Julius Randle crumbled in the postseason when he was tasked with leading a team in the playoffs while never being to the playoffs himself.

It’s also not a shocker that Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson were the best players on the court during the bulk of the series against Atlanta because the two of them had the most postseason experience on the team.

Kemba Walker is known for being a great locker room presence and leader, so taking some of that responsibility away from Julius will allow him to focus more on winning basketball games.

Kemba and Julius can be the vocal leaders of the starting lineup, while Derrick Rose can lead the charge of the 2nd unit.

Now, when it comes to the playoffs, the Knicks are adding a player in Walker who has played in 31 postseason games and made it as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2019-20 season.

Kemba was by far and away the unquestioned best player and leader of the team he brought to the playoffs for 11 of those 31 games as well.

Needless to say, while Randle was a tremendous leader of last year’s team, he could have used some help and the front office got their best player and centerpiece just that.