"There were a little bit of nerves," admitted Burke, the 9th overall draft pick out of Michigan. "But at the same time, there was excitement."
When Burke's first shot went down, he felt much more at ease on his way to a 12-point, 3-assist performance.
"Once you see that first shot go in, you're like, 'OK, I'm here.'" said backup point guard John Lucas III. "When you see that first one go in, everything else is out the window."
"I just tried to let the game come to me," Burke said. "That's what John and all the veterans told me. They told me not to press and just to let the game come to me, get guys involved, and I think I'm getting better each and every day."
Burke still struggled from the field, making just 5 of 14 shots. His biggest issue is figuring out when he needs to become a scorer and when to become a distributor.
"He needs to find a balance," said head coach Tyrone Corbin. "It's going to take him a while. He was such a dynamic scorer in college, so that's what he's used to doing. That's his first instinct. But he's trying to understand the importance of finding his teammates and finding them early."
For the national collegiate player of the year to be handed the starting point guard job in his rookie season, you might think Burke would come in with a bit of a cocky attitude. But that hasn't been the case at all. Burke has been a sponge, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.
"Most guys come in as a high draft pick and think they know everything," said Lucas. "He's come in and just wants to be better. He told me he wants to be the best point guard in the league."
"I'm not going to come in here and act like I know everything," Burke said. "The advice that the veterans give, I try to soak it all in and apply it out there."
Burke will get his second test in the preseason Friday night against Portland.