Could Trey Burke help the New York Knicks win more games?
Newly added New York Knicks’ point Trey Burke only played eight minutes against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, as he scored five points and added one rebound and two assists.
Knicks’ rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina says that the addition of Burke has forced guys to stay sharp.
“Trey is a very good player,’’ Ntilikina said, via the NY Post. “We have three different [type] point guards now. [He] makes the team step up every day and bring something else to the team and every day in practice.”
Again, while Burke didn’t get a lot of minutes, he did add a spark while on the floor.
“I felt pretty good, picking and choosing my spots, trying to get a rhythm,’’ said Burke. “My first shot helped me out — the two shots I missed looked good. That’s what the team needs from me. Penetration, being aggressive, staying in attack mode and energy on defense.”
Knicks’ head coach Jeff Hornacek likes what he sees from Burke.
“He’s a point guard who can keep his dribble alive, he didn’t panic when he went toward the lane even though he’s only 5-11 or what we list him at,’’ Hornacek said. “He has an ability to keep the dribble alive and keep probing and looking for things. Guys caught onto that pretty quickly and said if I just move to an open space I could get an open shot. That’s something other guys don’t normally do.’’
After not playing well during his first few seasons in the NBA, Burke says he was looking to recreate himself as a player while in the G League with the Westchester Knicks over the course of the past three months.
“I think I wanted to just start from scratch, kind of recreate my brand, show what I can do on a night-in, night-out basis with consistent minutes,” he said, via Daily Knicks. “I think going down there, a lot of people look at it as a knock. But it was more so like a growing period for me.”
If Burke continues to provide a spark for the Knicks, he could end up getting more minutes as the season goes along, at the expense of Jarrett Jack.
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