Michigan point guard Trey Burke is one of the hottest names in college basketball right now and if you haven’t heard of him, you are probably living under a rock. The Boston Celtics will go into this offseason with a number of needs and a position they figure to address is at point guard, where their best player, Rajon Rondo, will be returning next season from a torn ACL. That is never an easy injury to recover from, just ask Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Arguably a more gifted athlete than Rondo, which is hard to imagine, Rose has taken a long time to recover from the tear he suffered in last season’s playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. It is not a certainty that Rondo will return by the start of the season, nor be at 100% fully healthy. The team needs to explore targeting some point guard depth and one guy that would be a big addition would be Burke.
It is highly unlikely that Burke will still be available when the Celtics pick, as he figures to go anywhere from the late lottery to early 20s range. The Celtics would probably have to trade up to get Burke, but it might be worth it if it meant only trading up a few spots. Trading up a couple of picks is obviously much less costly than moving into the top ten.
Burke is a terrific playmaker and floor general for the point guard position. He has drawn a number of comparisons to being a poor man’s Chris Paul. He has a great shot at winning National Player of the Year and is one guy the Celtics figure to target heavily once June rolls around.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18