I’m no betting man, but you can bet on your favorite NBA team on Topbet, I’d put money on the fact that Trey Burke is going to be drafted fairly high in this years NBA Draft. I know you wanted expert analysis, and you just got it, Trey Burke is good at basketball.
In all seriousness, Burke wanted to come back to have one last shot at a national championship. He was close, but his legendary play this season has all but secured himself a top-ten ranking on the big board.
Let’s see what the writers think:
– Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com:
Even while struggling with his shot in the tournament, he used a standout sophomore season to become a candidate for Player of the Year with a well-rounded game and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.3-1. Also made 47.9 percent of his attempts and showed good range.
– Mike Schmitz, DraftExpress.com:
All things considered, it’s difficult not to consider Burke the best point guard in this year’s draft class when evaluating how much of a complete package he brings to the table offensively. Athletic, intelligent, competitive point guards who can create, distribute and score are incredibly rare and coveted assets, and despite his defensive limitations he should have no issues carving out a long career as a NBA starter, as long as he’s able to stay healthy.
– Chad Ford, ESPN.com:
He led his team to the NCAA championship game, won the Naismith player of the year award and pushed his draft stock from bubble first-rounder to top-10 pick. While Burke doesn’t have great size or the athleticism of some of the other elite point guards in the NBA, he has an incredible basketball IQ, can really shoot , rarely turns the ball over and makes those around him better. He should go somewhere in the top seven and will be the first or second point guard off the board.
– Chris Mannix, SI.com:
It wasn’t a perfect NCAA tournament for Burke, who was so-so in Michigan’s opening-round win over South Dakota State and terrible in the Wolverines’ Final Four victory over Syracuse. Still, Burke’s consistent play over the course of the season has a lot of GMs believing that he is an eventual starting point guard. A 24-point effort (in 26 minutes) against Louisville’s swarming defense in the national title game didn’t hurt, either.
– Tom Dienhart, BTN.com:
All agree that Burke is ready for the next level. He’s one of the nation’s quickest players, a force off the dribble and a deadly marksman from the perimeter who also has underrated strength. Plus, Burke has developed into a gritty, tough leader who isn’t afraid of the big shot or big moment.
The consensus feels that Trey Burke is one of the best, if not THE best, point guards in the draft this year. But, the real question is, where does he land? It is very possible that Burke could push himself into the top-five with a strong summer workout in front of the scouts considering he’s on the cusp.
Now, it’s time to get hypothetical.
Let’s say the Pistons, Hornets and Kings get the 5-7 spots as predicted. There is no way Burke falls beyond seven, barring something catastrophic happening. All three teams have needs at the point guard position.
Expiring contract of Jose Calderon
Lack of depth behind Greivis Vasquez
Depth move behind Isaiah Thomas
It’s possible Burke would be drafted to promote competition with the point guard position in New Orleans or Sacramento. OR, considering how many needs the Pistons have, they could bring Burke into the fold. Considering the Pistons SHOULD have the fifth pick of the draft, they may need to weigh greater needs.
Either way, Burke is going to make his future NBA team very happy and they will be drafting one heck of a basketball player.