Burke will start at point guard in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Hawks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Burke had been competing with the likes of Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) for the top job. Ntilikina has actually been shifted over to small forward and he'll start over rookie Kevin Knox, while Mudiay has been ruled out with an injury. That doesn't exactly mean Burke will remain the starting point guard indefinitely, but it's still an encouraging update for his overall fantasy value for the time being.
Coach David Fizdale said that he's yet to decide which point guard will start Wednesday's season opener against the Hawks, John Healy of SNY reports. "I am definitely undecided going into the first game," Fizdale said. "I don't feel a deadline for game one like everybody else does"
The second part of Fizdale's quote implies that the first-year head coach could continue to experiment with a few different options through the early weeks of the season, as the Knicks feel little pressure to settle on a defined rotation. "We're not the Warriors or Houston or somebody where we have to know who we are," Fizdale continued. "We've still got a lot to figure out. We've still got a lot of guys we're evaluating, figuring out how they fit into the puzzle." Burke is certainly in the mix at point guard, and he's spent the preseason auditioning for the starting job alongside Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and, to a lesser degree, Ron Baker. It was Baker who got the nod in Friday's preseason finale, but prior to that game he'd been on the outside of the rotation looking in. Burke had nine points and three assists in 21 minutes of action, while Ntilikina finished with nine points, five assists and four rebounds in 29 minutes. The Knicks may not announced a starter until close to tip-off Wednesday, but Burke and Ntilikina figure to split minutes relatively evenly -- with Mudiay also likely to see opportunities -- regardless of who's on the floor to begin the game.
Burke is coming off the bench during Friday's matchup against the Pelicans, Chris Iseman of The Bergen Record reports. Emmanuel Mudiay will draw the start at point guard.
Burke started the Knicks' first two preseason contests and is a strong candidate to start at the position for the regular season. During the two exhibitions, he's averaged 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 16.4 minutes. He's also 5-of-13 from the field, 1-of-1 from distance and 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
Burke scored 19 points (7-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), grabbed five rebounds, dished nine assists and snatched three steals across 42 minutes Wednesday in New York's win over Cleveland.
Burke enjoyed a resurgence with the Knicks in year five of his NBA career after it appeared that he might wash out of the league following a less-than-stellar 2016-17 season with Washington. After joining the Knicks in mid-January Burke took some time to get his legs back under him. It wasn't until after the All-Star Break that he started being a consistent difference-maker and a valuable fantasy asset. Burke averaged 15.9 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.4 rebounds over 23 games after the break, providing the Knicks with a steady presence at the point guard position while offering fantasy owners some amazing value on the waiver wire.
Burke had 17 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-7 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes during Friday's 122-98 victory over Miami.
Burke continues to defy logic, pouring in another 17 points to go with four assists and a steal. He has been one of the more fascinating stories of the second half of the season, having now scored in double-figures in eight consecutive appearances. He has secured the starting spot and the Knicks have to be thinking about adding signing him to a long-term deal as he has been arguably their most impressive player over the last month.
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