How good can Trey Burke be? Let’s compare:
Deron Williams last year at Illinois: 12.5 points (43.3% fg’s, 36.4% 3’s, 67.7% ft’s), 6.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2.8 turnovers
Trey Burke‘s last year at Michigan: 18.6 points (46.3% fg’s, 38.4% 3’s, 80.1% ft’s), 6.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.2 turnovers
Just looking at those numbers he actually measures up well against D-Will and he even looks better in scoring and steals.
The NBA is a whole other game though and size, length and vertical matter more. That being said we can’t put too much stock into anything from college because players like Adam Morrison or Sam Bowie (compared to MJ) just didn’t cut it while players like Nate Robinson and Spud Webb (even throw an undersized Paul Millsap in this) have made pretty good careers out of being smaller. As my staff writer Luke McDermott pointed out last night in our Jazzcast, Chris Paul compares a lot more physically to Burke than does Deron. That being said here are there measurements out of college (courtesy of draftexpress):
Deron Williams: 6’1.75″, 202 lbs, 6’6.25″ wing span, 8’2″ standing reach, Max vertical 35″, Bench press 15, Lane Agility 10.83 seconds, 3/4 court 3.25 seconds and check out that hair!!
Trey Burke: 5’11.75″, 187 lbs, 6’5.5″ wingspan, 8’1.5″ standing reach, max vertical 36.5″, Bench Press 3, Lane Agility 11.2 seconds, 3/4 court 3.16 seconds
As you can see other than Trey Burke being a little smaller in size and a lot weaker when it came to the bench press the rest of them match up pretty well. His length even being 2 inches shorter than D-Will is almost the same. We hear how much Trey wants to improve and focus on basketball and that is the same drive that made Deron Williams who he is. My only advice to Trey is to hit the gym a lot as his strength will definitely need to get better if only just to stay away from injuries at this level. Other than that Trey has every right to be as good or better (eating my own words) than Deron Williams.
Just to see what Deron averaged his first year in the pro’s: 10.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds…