NY Knicks: No one is talking about these 3 key players

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NY Knicks: Alec Burks can light it up

Probably the most unheralded and least appreciated of all the NY Knicks’ scorers, Alec Burks is flying under the radar going into this series.

Burks has had a big season for New York, averaging just under 13 points per game while shooting 41.5% from 3. Yet another sniper.

Burks has looked terrific since returning to the Knicks lineup at the end of the regular season. He’s put up 30, 14, and 17 points in their last 3 games.

Similarly to Rose, I’m struggling to figure out what the Hawks do on defense with yet another effective ball-handling scorer.

With both Rose and Burks, the NY Knicks have two guys who can create instant offense. Julius Randle isn’t the only shot-maker on this team.

The more you go through the wide variety of scorers on the NY Knicks’ roster, the more you wonder why they aren’t talked about as much as the Hawks scoring options.

With a Tom Thibodeau team that’s been near the top of the league in defense, I guess it’s only natural that end of breaking down how good that side of the ball has been.

The Hawks have some potent firepower in their starting lineup. With Gallinari, Lou Williams, and Kevin Huerter, they have scoring reinforcements off of the bench.

So do the Knicks.

Rose, Burks, and Immanuel Quickley are all terrific ball-handlers and scorers. Maybe Burks doesn’t get as much love cause he’s been a journeyman in his career.

Is Atlanta’s depth that much “deeper” because they have a “more skilled” 9th and 10th man off the bench? I don’t believe it’s that much of a real difference, especially in the playoffs where we’ll see tighter rotations.

So how about the basketball world starts giving some love to the Knicks’ depth as they do for the Hawks?

All eyes may be on Julius Randle and Trae Young, but it could be the big performances from the Knicks’ secondary scorers that decide the series.

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