Apr 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) dribbles as Syracuse Orange guards Michael Carter-Williams (1) and Brandon Triche (20) defend in the second half of the semifinals during the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Trey Burke = Deron WIlliams?


As the 2013 NBA draft draws near everyone has that one player that they would love for their favorite team to get.  For me that player is Trey Burke.  Now yes, I am a Michigan fan but because of that I did watch Trey Burke play more than any other college player, and I liked what I saw.   With this draft every player has a knock on them and rightfully so.  It seems as if there are no perennial All-Stars in this draft or future Hall of Famers, but quality players should be able to be found.  The knock on Burke is that he isn’t fast enough, he’s a volume shooter and  won’t be able to be that pure point in the NBA and to short to play PG in today’s NBA.

Lets Take a look at these knocks:

1. He isn’t fast enough:

Watching Michigan games I would see Burke push the ball up and down the court with great speed sometimes beating everybody on the defending team down the court.  My observations were proven right when Burke ended up being the second fastest PG at the combine in the 3/4 court speed drill,  posting a 3.18 sec mark.  Second only to Shane Larkin’s 3.08.  So does he have the speed to play in the NBA? I believe so.


2. Volume shooter who wont be able to play a pure PG position:

One of the players I feel is a true PG in the NBA is former Jazz man Deron Williams.  Williams is a top PG in the NBA and is also considered not very explosive just like Burke.  Let’s see how these two players compared in college.

Here are D-Will’s stats from College

eason School Conf G MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK PTS
2002-03 Illinois Big Ten 32 27.1 .426 .354 .533 3.0 4.5 1.4 0.2 6.3
2003-04 Illinois Big Ten 30 33.9 .408 .394 .787 3.2 6.2 1.0 0.3 14.0
2004-05 Illinois Big Ten 39 33.7 .433 .364 .677 3.6 6.8 1.0 0.2 12.5

Here are Burke’s stats from College

Season School Conf G MP FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK PTS
2011-12 Michigan Big Ten 34 36.1 .433 .348 .744 3.5 4.6 0.9 0.4 14.8
2012-13 Michigan Big Ten 39 35.3 .463 .384 .801 3.2 6.7 1.6 0.5 18.6

Burke averaged more points, assists, steals, shot a better 3pt % and a better FG% and was better from the the free throw line then Derron was his junior year.  I think this shows that Burke has the chance to be a very special player in the NBA and would love for the Jazz to get him.



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