3 Ways Derrick Rose could help the Los Angeles Lakers

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Consistent secondary playmaker

Let’s make this abundantly clear, Derrick Rose has never been renowned for his playmaking ability.

In his prime with the Chicago Bulls, Rose was known for his breakneck speed, his acrobatics, and his vicious dunking ability.

MVP Derrick Rose was a wonder to behold.

While most of the athleticism has been robbed from Rose due to a multitude of injuries, Rose still has some tricks up his sleeve.

Averaging 18.1PPG is still an impressive number for Rose after all he has been through but that is not the stat which we will be focusing on.

Rose’s 5.6APG career average is the more intriguing number.

At his absolute peak, Rose averaged 7.9APG for the Chicago Bulls.

When you think of Rose you do not think of his passing ability, but Derrick Rose is a more than capable passer, and right now, a more than capable passer is exactly what the Los Angeles Lakers need.

If Rajon Rondo was able to be playoff Rondo all season then the need for Rose to come in and be the secondary playmaker would be moot, but Rondo is a playoff player and the Los Angeles Lakers need a secondary playmaker to step up to the mark during the regular season and help LeBron James out.

While Rose is no Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, or Steve Nash when it comes to assisting the ball, he can and has proven that he can be the primary playmaker for his teams in the past.

That’s all the Lakers need from Rose, is to occasionally, not all the time, be the primary playmaker when LeBron is in attack mode or is off the floor.