He was very popular for two seasons with the Wolverines and has some popularity still left over after leading Michigan to the national championship game. But like any other pick the Pistons would make, they have to re-examine what they’re doing and make a selection that’s going to blend in with what the team plans on doing for the 2013-14 season.
Chances are, Mo Cheeks will soon be named coach for the Pistons and will have something to say about this.
Burke can be an excellent guard in the NBA. He definitely has all the tools. He averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists last season for Michigan while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, 38.4 percent from the 3-point arc and 80.1 percent from the charity stripe. NBA scouts like how Burke sees the floor and that he can shoot well off his dribble. He’s also very physical, which is another point in his favor.
The Pistons have run a three-guard offense in the past and its unlikely they’ll do that again. Burke could be set up to replace Will Bynum, if the Pistons are certain he won’t be coming back next season. After a year or so as a backup, Burke could then work his way into the starting lineup.
Burke may not be available after seven picks. But if he’s available when the Pistons make pick No. 8, expect Michigan fans to pressure the Pistons to select him.