The New York Knicks will have to decide whether they want to renew their partnership with Derrick Rose, who has been stellar in his first year with the team.
In a point guard driven league, the New York Knicks have fallen to the back of the pack. The last star point guard that New York had was an over-the-hill 40 year-old, Jason Kidd, during the 2012-13 season.
Outside of the future Hall of Famer, players like Raymond Felton, Jose Calderon, Pablo Prigioni and Shane Larkin have attempted to run the point for New York. Needless to say, those players underperformed during their time in the “Big Apple.”
This past offseason, Phil Jackson tried to solidify that position. The day before the NBA Draft, New York sent Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round draft pick.
Rose is in the final season of a five-year, $94.3 million contract extension he signed with Chicago.
The former Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player is having a rollercoaster season with the Knicks. He is on pace to miss the least amount of games in a season since his 2011-12 campaign. He has only missed nine games this year.
One of those games was when he went missing in action and returned home to Chicago. That may or may not have been in response to the fourth quarter benching for lackluster effort on defense. The defensive end of the court has been an issue for Rose all year.
All that said, the Knicks can and should re-sign him. Here are three reasons why: