The Utah Jazz went into the 2013 NBA Draft sitting with the 14th overall pick and praying that one of the elite point guard prospects would drop to them. Luckily for them, they were able to execute a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to get the ninth overall pick and select Trey Burke, the reigning National Player of the Year in college hoops.
Coming off leading Michigan to the National Championship game, Burke was highly touted coming into the draft for his offensive abilities. He has elite scoring and shooting ability and, if asked, is also a great playmaker for his teammates. Though people worried about him being undersized, they didn’t expect it to completely negate his ability to score.
Through the three games that Burke has appeared in with the Jazz at the Orlando Summer League, though, scoring has been a real issue for him. He has just shot just 9-42 from the field and just 1-15 from beyond-the-arc and has averaged just nine points per game. He’s averaged 3.7 assists per game as well, but that doesn’t negate how poorly he’s shot the ball.
When Burke takes the reins as the Jazz’s point guard in the regular season, it’s obviously going to be a vastly different story for how he plays. He’s going to defer in the offense to guys like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward before taking his own shot, but that doesn’t change the fact that his inability to efficiently score at Summer League is troubling.
Though it’s unlikely, it could just be nerves from playing at this level for the first time which will go away with time or he could just be in a slump. However, if Burke’s shooting woes continue as we continue through the end of Summer League and into the preseason, there is definite cause for concern.