New York Knicks: Point guard power rankings

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1. Trey Burke

Trey Burke performed well in a 36-game stint in 2017-18, which led to the New York Knicks keeping his unguaranteed contract on the roster. He only started nine times, but that number will likely increase this time around.

Burke’s preseason was unspectacular to say the least, with 8.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game on 35.9 percent shooting. He shot over 40 percent in the final two outings, but nothing to stand out amongst the team.

However, if Ntilikina plays around the lineup, Baker takes a third string role and Mudiay finds himself as a healthy scratch, it leaves the role to Burke by default.

It was only five games and in a new system, so it might take time for the Michigan product to acclimate after posting an intriguing 50.4 shooting percentage last season for over 12 points and nearly five rebounds. Can he approach those numbers with a return to the starting lineup?

Given Burke’s numbers in his first four NBA seasons, maybe not at that level of efficiency, but if he can find a middle ground, point guard should be his for the foreseeable future.

Next. Takeaways from the preseason finale. dark

Who will become the starter on opening night? The situation remains unknown, and it may not be determined for the first few weeks of the season.