Knicks' Reggie Bullock, Alec Burks earning coaching staff's trust is significant

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Knicks swarm Reggie Bullock and celebrate win over Magic
Knicks swarm Reggie Bullock and celebrate win over Magic

Much of the spotlight surrounding the Knicks this season has centered around Julius Randle and RJ Barrett, and rightfully so as the two key cogs that have turned the course for this Knicks team in 2021.

But other veterans on the roster have done a solid job making their own impact to keep New York in the playoff conversation late in the regular season, especially Reggie Bullock and Alec Burks. And Tom Thibodeau has taken notice.

"They've earned the trust of this coaching staff over the course of the season, and that's what you'd expect," SNY NBA Insider Ian Begley discusses in an upcoming episode of The Putback, presented by 888sport. "Veterans play well? Coaches are going to trust them."

Bullock has solidified his role in the starting lineup as the three-and-D player whom the Knicks can count on beyond the arc. He showcased that the other night with a clutch three-pointer against the Pelicans to force overtime and an eventual Knicks win.

Burks comes off the bench, but is a scoring threat when he gets his minutes. And that scoring has been crucial in come-from-behind victories as well as furthering leads late in games.

With both set to hit free agency next season, Begley believes the trust they've earned could result in them getting another deal with New York to return.

"I think the idea they've earned the trust of this coaching staff is significant because it could play a role in how the Knicks feel about bringing both players back."

Bullock is shooting 40.1 percent from three-point land this season, averaging 10 points per game, entering Tuesday's matchup against the Hornets. Burks is averaging 12.6 points in his 25.8 minutes each night with 4.5 rebounds as well.