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.