Former NCAA Player of the Year winner Trey Burke is averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game, while doing his best to prove that he is the point guard of the future for the Utah Jazz. While he only had eight points and four assists in tonight’s 106-99 win over the Sacramento Kings, it is evident that he has been given the reigns to this team and will be moving forward as well.
Michael Carter-Williams is the only other real competition with Burke for the Rookie of the Year Award.
Derrick Favors, who signed a large, surprisingly-early extension in the offseason, was dominant on the inside in Monday’s contest, as he poured in 17 points and brought down 12 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. On the season, he’s averaging 13.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He has proven to everyone that he might live up to the lofty expectations of being a high draft pick. My guess is that he will be a top five power forward sometime in the next two-to-three years.
Enes Kanter recorded 16 points and three rebounds in just 21 minutes on Monday night. The young center is getting more playing time this season, and has proven that he deserves more minutes. He is averaging 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds off the bench this year. I expect Kanter to get more minutes as the season progresses to prime him to be the full-time starting center next season. With Favors and Kanter down low, there is no telling how far this duo can drive the team’s success.
With Burke, Favors,and Kanter all potentially entering the prime of their careers at or around the same time, this Jazz team might be able to contend in the near future. If they are able to secure a high pick in the upcoming draft and select Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart or Dante Exum, look for this team to become relevant very quickly.