Kevin Garnett Thinks Timberwolves Should Start Derrick Rose

Minnesota Timberwolves legend Kevin Garnett is a big Derrick Rose fan and believes the former MVP should be the starting point guard in Minnesota.

At the NBA 2K19 party in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, Garnett spoke to Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Scoop B Radio and said if it were up to him, he would insert Rose into the starting lineup.

“It’s D-Rose,” Garnett said. “You know, you get older, but the knowledge don’t go anywhere. He’s more crafty now than ever in the pick-and-roll. He’s able to get shots for guys and he’s able to knock shots down, so yeah, I would (start him).”

Rose began last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was traded to the Utah Jazz at the 2018 February trade deadline. The Jazz then waived Rose, allowing him to sign with the Timberwolves for the rest of the season.

The youngest MVP in NBA history was minimally used in the nine regular season games he played with Minnesota. He posted 5.8 points in about 12 minutes per game. Rose’s role, however, changed during the 2018 playoffs and he delivered in a big way. The explosive guard averaged 14.2 points while shooting an efficient 50.9 percent from the field and 70 percent from three in his five postseason games, playing 24 minutes a contest. Rose showed off that quick first step throughout the first-round series against the Houston Rockets.

The Timberwolves’ offense benefited from Rose’s presence on the floor. The team had an offensive rating of 119.1 when Rose was playing during the postseason compared to 97.0 when he was on the bench.

Jeff Teague is currently the starter for the Timberwolves at the point guard position. But a case could be made for putting Derrick Rose at the starting point guard spot and moving Teague to shooting guard. Andrew Wiggins would start at small forward, Jimmy Butler would start at power forward and Karl-Anthony Towns would start at the center spot.

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