2013 NBA Draft: Utah Jazz Make Savvy Move in Moving up for Trey Burke

By Rob Lunder

The Utah Jazz traded up in the 2013 NBA Draft tonight to select Michigan point guard Trey Burke. This was a savvy move by the organization to draft their point guard of the future. The Jazz sorely needed a point guard in the worst way and they got arguably the best point guard prospect in this year’s draft. Burke was the National Player of the Year in college basketball this season and he is not afraid to take and make big shots.

This is a great move by the Jazz. They only traded picks 14 and 21 to move up to the ninth overall spot to make sure they got their guy. Mo Williams struggled this past season at the point guard spot for the organization and they desperately wanted a young, long-term option. This move really helps to round out the team’s roster. They are stocked with big men, assuming they end up keeping either Al Jefferson or Paul Milsap. They have two young studs in Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter and they needed someone who could feed them in the post. The one flaw in Burke’s game that he obviously can’t control is his size. You wonder how he will do defensively at the next level. This draft was so weak that the Jazz had to do anything in their power to make sure they got a point guard.

The next move for the Jazz is to figure out the Jefferson/Milsap situation. They have a great young foundation in place and are ready to make a move in the Western Conference.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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