Trey Burke’s a Wonder
by Broox Anderson
RICHFIELD, UT—10:35 A.M.—Trey. Burke. Minnesota fans are going to be kicking themselves for years to come. They had the Michigan superstar in their grasp on draft night, selected him, and then subsequently handed him to the Utah Jazz for nothing. I think after the first game of the season, it will be evident as to why that was a huge T-Wolf mistake, regardless of their depth at the position.
Even though I have some valid reservations about Trey, he’s the type of player to prove doubters wrong. My reservations (hero-ball style, point guard skills, handles, decision making, athleticism) were swept aside a little by his performance in this game versus Michigan State. I watched this video and rested a little easier in knowing that the Jazz are in good hands. Burke shows an upscale range of point guard and passing skills, makes solid decisions, keeps his dribble alive a la Steve Nash, and even spices it up with an impressive dunk at the end of the game:
Trey Burke’s a wonder. Notice that he didn’t make a three at any point in the game, and was still unbelievably effective. If Burke can ease out of the three-point shooter’s mentality and play to be effective like he did against Michigan State, he’ll be an awesome point guard. Trey needs to work on that shot even more and keep it in his arsenal. It will force defenses to focus on him. However, he doesn’t need to over-extend his shooting like he tried to do in Summer League.
It’s common knowledge that our rookie still needs to grow, and irrevocably needs to add strength. But everything else is there. Burke has the foundations of a great NBA point guard.
He’ll capitalize on that.
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