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Ryan Knaus breaks down the fantasy implications for Derrick Rose after reuniting with Tom Thibodeau in New York.
RYAN KNAUS: It's been a decade since Derrick Rose won the MVP Award in 2010-11 with Chicago under Coach Tom Thibodeau. The two briefly reunited in Minnesota, and now they'll give it a third try in New York, after a trade sent Derrick Smith Jr. and a 2021 second round pick to Detroit. Of course, Rose is in a much different place with different expectations at this late stage of his NBA career. His young Pistons teammates raved about his work ethic this season, and he'll have some of the same veteran leadership responsibilities shared by another Thibodeau acolyte, Taj Gibson.
Unlike Taj, we can expect Rose to have a real role on this team, in all likelihood playing a similar role to what we saw in Detroit, where he was logging 22 minutes per game off the bench. Even in 22 minutes per game, however, there's problematic issues for New York's back court, which is already overstuffed with interchangeable guards.
Elfrid Payton has started every game this season, playing 28 minutes. Immanuel Quickley has been brilliant at times, but with 19 minutes per game, he's not getting enough consistent run to have in most active lineups. New York also has Austin Rivers and Alec Burks in the mix, two veterans who are averaging 23 and 26 minutes respectively. While Rose gives the Knicks a competitive boost in reality, both on and off the court, he adds to New York's impressive depth at guard. But this, unfortunately, looks like a no-win situation for fantasy managers.