Trey Burke Now Rounding Into Form As Utah Jazz Point Guard Of the Future

Trey Burke

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Trey Burke is making a legitimate case for 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. Sure, Burke missed the first portion of the year due to an injury, but the budding point guard is starting to show promising signs just 27 games into his NBA career. Burke and the Utah Jazz aren’t going to win many games this year — that much is a given — yet the potential is there for the Jazz and Burke especially.

If it wasn’t for Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, Burke would be leading all rookies in points and assists per game. Instead, Burke currently sits behind the 76ers’ lanky phenom. However, the important thing here is that it appears Utah has finally hit on one of its draft picks. Prior to Burke’s selection, the Jazz had swung and missed on their last two top-ten picks as both Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter have hardly fulfilled expectations.

Nevertheless, ever since Deron Williams decided to leave Utah the Jazz front office has taken a firm approach in trying to groom the franchise’s next All Star point guard. The future looks bright for Burke, who recorded his second career double-double against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Utah might be a few years and players away from making serious noise in the NBA Playoffs, but Burke is going to be an upper-echelon point guard in the not-so distant future.

See: Fantasy Basketball: PG Trey Burke Coming Into His Own

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  • Bretticus

    Catchy title, but a mediocre read. Maybe that was the intent here? Go for link bait but produce a quick and cheap article? But I digress…

    Firstly, Hayward and Kanter both recently came off of career highs. The Jazz have only expected to develop two very young players with obvious potential. Who wasn’t bad on the Jazz team in November? Did anyone expect the Jazz to be good after cutting all starters (except Hayward) and handing the team to bench players under the collective age of probably 21? Even though Hayward less than spectacular, he was the best player in terms of production (even though his shooting percentage was in the crap bucket.)

    November aside, it wasn’t fair to discount Hayward because suddenly, without 4 or 5 rotation players and an effective point guard, Hayward was taking on the new role of setting up about every play. He was trying to score off the dribble and create shots. He was getting the snot beat out of him on defense being the Jazz’s only legitimate threat.

    It’s not fair to Kanter because instead of spending his summer on development, he spent it recovering from a pretty grotesque injury from the end of last season. He played badly in November and part of December without a doubt. He had to be benched. I don’t blame Ty Corbin for that. However, from about mid-December, he’s been the player he was last season and he’s improving on that. If you actually watch the games, it’s easy to see a big improvement (beyond the stats. However they are better too.)

    Both of these players have showed tremendous growth in the last month. Hayward’s last game was 37 points as he singly handedly kept a 48 point Kevin Durant from stealing the game back by matching Durant’s scoring. Hayward still has tremendous upside.

    Kanter scored 25 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes shooting 80% tonight against San Antonio. He’s averaging almost 15 points in 20 minutes since the beginning of this year off the bench. He also has tremendous upside now that he’s getting more minutes.

    To say they’d hardly fulfilled expectations is extremely premature. If there were great expectations, they are starting to fulfill them right now.

    Also, I’m pretty sure Deron was traded. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt that you meant the Jazz front office were convinced he planned to leave. So thus, “he decided to leave.”

    The only thing I agree about is that the Jazz are lucky to have Trey Burke. He indeed shows amazing potential.

    Looking forward to next season and especially the year after that! Go Jazz!

  • unitedelectric

    Hayward is at 17, 5 and 5 for the year and had a terrible December. He is at 20, 6 and 7 in the last 10 or so. There a about five people like that in the NBA. Kid is an absolute stud.