New York Knicks: How players who departed in 2018-19 fared elsewhere

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New York Knicks Mavericks Trey Burke (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
New York Knicks Mavericks Trey Burke (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The New York Knicks moved a handful of their roster from 2018-19’s opening night and future iterations. How did they fare in other destinations?

The New York Knicks roster seen on 2018-19’s opening night was hardly the same by the season finale. Players moved via trade or waivers, as moves were made to benefit the young players and keep an eye on the future.

Almost everyone who left the Knicks this season had an extensive run with their new organization. One player is even involved in a playoff series.

Some made an impact. Others had a limited run with their new teams.

How did these players officially perform after leaving New York? Let’s take a look:

Note: this will not include Kristaps Porzingis, who did not play for the Dallas Mavericks after the January 31 trade due to injury.

Trey Burke

Slash Line (with Mavericks): .463/.356/.837
Season Averages (with Mavericks): 9.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.6 APG, 0.5 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 1.0 3PM

Trey Burke moved as part of the Porzingis trade. He was a throw-in after Dallas guard JJ Barea suffered a season-ending injury, so it cleared a point guard from the New York Knicks roster and supported the depth of someone else’s.

Burke was not a consistent rotation player in New York, so he had the opportunity to shine at a new destination. The results did not stand out, but his slash line held its own, with solid shooting percentages across the board.

Playing time was not always there for the Mavs, either, including a difficult stretch in early March to crack the rotation. Head coach Rick Carlisle eventually gave him a longer run, which led to a five-game hot streak of double-digit point performances, similar to what he did with the Knicks.

So it was nothing different for Burke, no matter which team he played for. His game is streaky and will likely always be.

Now, Burke hits free agency, looking for another chance. Probably only as a reserve guard playing at the end of someone’s bench, but the ability to break out for 15-25 point games should tempt someone this offseason.