Rookie point guard Trey Burke is not unfamiliar with the big stage. He’s not one to fold under pressure, but thrive because of it. Spending two years with the Michigan Wolverines, Burke became accustomed to making the crucial play when his team needed it the most.
The Utah Jazz can thank the Minnesota Timberwolves for shipping Burke off the Salt Lake City, where they will begin to enjoy those most longed-for qualities in a point guard. The most recent starter for the Jazz, Mo Williams, is no longer with the team as he signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in free agency.
The job belongs solely to Burke, now. The depth chart features Burke followed by veteran John Lucas III and after that it is somewhat up in the air. Will the not-so-talked about Jerel McNeal take the third spot? It’s not set in stone yet, but what we do know is that Burke will have a chance to be ‘the man’ right away in Utah.
Averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals in his final year of college, Burke was thought of as the best point guard in the draft and the one who was most NBA-ready. He has plenty of room to mature, though, as his summer league wasn’t as great as he would have liked it to be.
Heading into 2013, Burke will be counted on immediately to make plays — not only scoring-wise, but running the offense and getting his young big men involved.
Burke will be working with the Jazz’s brand new starting front court of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, both whom the organization is very confident in. His chemistry with the two big men will be crucial to any success Utah will have this year. First and foremost, these relationships must be established.
From there on out, the offense will come. As long as he can communicate well with his bigs — again, they will be a major focus this year — the offense should run as smooth as possible. Defensively, of course, Burke gets it. He can take the ball away and he’s a smart player overall. Utah was fortunate to have drafted him, and I’m sure he is prepared to be thrown into the fire right away.