For former lottery pick Trey Burke, it appears that things are working out well as he is finally thriving with the New York Knicks. While he was still in the G-League earlier this season, he talked with James Herbert of CBS Sports about what he thought he could eventually become.
Coming into this season Burke had offers from a few teams on a two-way contract which would allow him up to 45 days on an NBA roster, but he wanted to prove his worth in the G League and then be offered a better deal.
After he averaged 26.6 points per game with the Westchester Knicks, he was signed to New York’s roster.
He has played 29 games with the Knicks, averaging 12.2 points and shooting 52.6 percent from the field. He had his best game of the season on Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets, putting up 42 points and 12 assists.
For Burke though, just having a few nice games here and there isn’t enough and he feels like he is still an All-Star.
“I’m at that point. I’m not a role player. I believe I still have a ways to go, but I do believe that I’m a starting guard in [the NBA]. I do believe that I’ma be an All-Star. I do believe these things in my heart.”
No matter what happens to Burke now, he feels like he has done enough and after all the struggles he is coming out of it a better person.
“In the past there was disappointment and frustration,” Burke said. “But I knew it would turn around. It was all dependent on me and how I approached things. But going forward, where I am now, I’m very proud. I think the sky’s the limit. I think I’ve been through a lot of the worst of the worst when it comes to being a top-10 pick. I believe that it’s only up from here.”