Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Trey Burke (Michigan) gets a hug from friends and family after being selected as the number nine overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Burke's ROY Chances Increase

It’s been 33 years since the Utah Jazz have had a Rookie of the Year come from the organization.  Darrell Griffith won the award in the 1980-81 season averaging 20.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 35 minutes a game.  If Burke put up anything around 20 points a game as a rookie I will be shocked but I do expect him to average 7-9 assists a game.

If you have placed a bet on Trey to win ROY the odds just improved with CJ McCollum breaking his foot.  Shane Larkin already lost his chances after getting injured as well.  This puts Trey in really small group of players that will be getting the minutes to compete for the award.  That group includes Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic, Michael Carter Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers and Kelly Olynyk from the Boston Celtics.

With McCollum out that is one less player Burke will be competing against.  ESPN’s Kevin Pelton projects Trey to average 11.6 points and 4.6 assists.  Those numbers are decent but to win ROY Burke will need to average more assists or more points.  With Kanter and Favors sure to be dunking a lot and Burks and Hayward to be slashing and coming off screens for jumpers Burke should be getting more assists easy.  Again I repeat Burke will average 7-9 assists a game and that matched with 10+ points a game will win him rookie of the year honors.

Sep 30, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz players from left to right forward/center Derrick Favors , guard Alec Burks (10) , forward Gordon Hayward (20), center Enes Kanter(0) and guard Trey Burke (3) pose for a photo at Zions Bank Basketball Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

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