A solid pick up for the Utah Jazz with the 9th pick, Trey Burke has made it known that he can run this team. Trey Burke is not explosive, but he manages the game at a very high level for a rookie. He averaged 12.8 points, 5.7 assists and 3 rebounds in 32 minutes a game. His best game arguably came on the last night where he scored 32 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. What he probably will be remembered for most is the game winning 3 he against against the Orlando Magic.
What was good:
As mentioned before, the way Trey carries himself is far ahead of most rookies. He manages the game well and is very controlled. He is vocal and he doesn’t ever let his emotions get out of whack. He’s a competitor and he wants to win and get better. His free throw shooting was 90.3% which is good for 3rd overall of players that shot at least 100 free throws during the season. He was 2nd among rookies in assists and 7th among point guards in the NBA for his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.02.
What was not so good:
Trey shot 12.8 shots per game and averaged 12.8 points per game. A 1-to-1 ratio is not a good game and definitely not for a season. His 38% field goal and 30% 3-pt was in the lower 3rd among rookies and doesn’t even get close to the top 100 in the NBA. He will need to be more efficient if he is to become the player we all hope he can. His steals for a point guard are on the lower end as well only averaging .6 per game.
Trey’s pick and roll defense was not great either as he had a tough time getting through screens quick enough to offset the opponents attack. His legs gave way half way through the season and it took quite a while for him to find other ways to help this team out with his shooting slumps.
What this off-season should bring:
Trey will need to do some major cardio workouts as his legs will need to get stronger to withstand an 82 game season. Expect Trey to work on his shot and work on getting the ball up the court in a much quicker fashion as this team excels in the open floor.
I think for a rookie Trey did a very good job and has definitely become a face of this franchise. His attitude and competitive nature will allow him to get even better and an improvement in his overall game is a surety. Right now I place him in the Mike Conley type guard range going forward, but has the ability to be a Tony Parker type if he can sure up his shooting.