Starter: Trey Burke
After starting off last season with the New York Knicks’ G-League affiliate in Westchester, Trey Burke kept patient and waited for his moment. Having glimpses of similarities to Allen Iverson with his size and offensive skillset (ball handling and shot creation), Burke took his opportunity as the starter and ran with it.
Burke put up career numbers in a season during which he averaged less minutes than in two of his three seasons with the Utah Jazz.
While head coach David Fizdale has made it clear that there will be a competition to decide the depth chart for the point guard position, I predict Trey Burke will win it. To me, his quality of performance doesn’t seem to be a fluke.
He’s steadily been more efficient since his last season with the Jazz, and posted a career-high in Player Efficiency Rating at 21.0.
With one season left on Burke’s contract (still has Early Bird rights in 2019), he will look to remain energized and either re=sign with the Knicks or will become trade bait to bring in more talent or future picks to New York.
I wouldn’t throw out the option of packaging him if it means a more likely chance of signing a marquee free agent in 2019, but he should start.