In just eight minutes, the Knicks' newest PG Trey Burke showed exactly what he can bring to the table for the second half of the season.
The former Jazz first-rounder touched the floor daunting the blue and orange for the first time against the Nets on Monday, and he didn't disappoint in his limited time. He saw six minutes in the second quarter, where he knocked down his first shot -- a pull-up two after pump-faking Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Burke would notch five points, going 1-of-3 from the field while hitting 3-of-4 free throw attempts. He also tallied one rebound and two assists to the liking of all the Knicks cheering him on throughout the game. It wasn't much, but Burke was happy in his first NBA minutes in a long time.
"I felt pretty good, picking and choosing my spots, trying to get a rhythm," Burke told The Post's Marc Berman. "My first shot helped me out -- the two shots I missed looked good. That's what the team needs from me. Penetration, being aggressive, staying in attack mmode and energy on defense."
Head coach Jeff Hornacek loves Burke's style of play, and how he adds another dynamic to his point guard unit.
"He's a point guard who can keep his dribble alive, he didn't panic when he went toward the lane even though he's 5-11 or what we list him at," Hornacek said of Burke, who is listed at 6-foot-1. "He has an ability to keep the dribble alive and keep probing and looking for things. Guys caught onto that pretty quickly and said if I just move to an open space I could get an open shot. That's something other guys don't normally do."
Frank Ntilikina also enjoys his new teammate's competitive edge.
"Trey is a very good player," he said. "We have three different [type] point guards now. [He] makes the team step up every day and bring something else to the team and every day in practice."
Burke also appreciates what the 19-year-old rookie brings on the defensive side of the ball.
"He's very active on the defensive end," Burke said. "His length, that's a huge plus. His length is in the way. It bothers any team. [Frank] played really well tonight. He was aggressive and took what they gave him.''
Burke's audition was received well by the Knicks and the fans that flocked to Barclays Center. His call back will likely come during the Knicks' road trip that won't seem them return home until they face the Nets again on Jan. 30.