After missing the first 12 games of the Utah Jazz’s 2013-14 NBA season, Trey Burke made his debut on Nov. 20 as the Jazz, who have been arguably the most insufferable team in the league so far this season, lost to the New Orleans Pelicans by a count of 105-98.
In his first taste of regular season action in the NBA, Burke delivered a solid but ultimately lukewarm performance in limited time. He saw the floor for only 12 minutes, but still managed to put up 11 points, one assist, one rebound and one steal on 508 shooting from the floor and 1-2 shooting from long-range.
As Burke’s minutes increased in his foray into the Association, though, his production began to dip a bit. Over the next three games that he played, Burke averaged just 7.7 points, 3.7 assists and 4.3 boards in 24.7 minutes per game. Moreover, he shot only a combined 9-34 from the floor and just 2-11 from beyond-the-arc.
However, it seems that Burke is getting more comfortable when you look at his last two games, which both happened to be against the Phoenix Suns as part of a home/away back-to-back. On Friday night in Utah, Burke put up 13 points, three assists and one rebound in 25 minutes on relatively solid 6-14 shooting and 1-4 shooting from long-range. He followed that up with undoubtedly his best game of the year on Saturday as he put up 20 points, three assists, six rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes on 6-15 shooting from the floor, 4-6 shooting from three and while getting to the line a career-high four times on the way to the Jazz’s first road win of the year.
Burke is still an undersized guard that has some physical limitations, but he’s also a savvy player and a versatile scorer. There’s no doubt that he’s going to have some growing pains as not only a young player, but a young player on a bad team. However, it would be wise to expect some big nights from Burke this season. He’s simply too talented and too big a part of this offense already not to have a few impressive outings.