Utah has won the #5 Pick in the NBA Draft. This puts them in an interesting position based on the talent available. The first tier of talent goes 4-deep (Wiggans/Parker/Embid/Exum) and the second tier as I see it is Marcus Smart and Julius Randle. Obviously Smart would be bad for Burke by taking his starting position, or it could be good if he is traded to a better team. They could also take Randle and pair him with Derrick Favors and Enes Canter in the frontcourt, though it would be difficult to play all three at the same time. Between PF/C there are 96 minutes available so all could still play 30+ minutes. Another out of the box options would be to trade the pick, possibly to the Phoenix Suns who have picks 14, 18, and 27. That would put them in range for when the SG/SF players that fit their roster needs are projected. Those14-18 range could see James Young, Rodney Hood, Zach Levine, and of course our old friend Nik Stauskas be drafted. Also this gives Utah extra picks in what is considered a deep draft. Whatever happens hopefully Trey Burke's situation improves.
SALT LAKE CITY (April 18, 2014) – The NBA announced today that Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke has been named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played during the month of April, marking the third month he has won the award.
Having already been recognized as the recipient in both December and January, Burke (6-1, 190, Michigan) became the first player in franchise history to win multiple Rookie of the Month awards. Karl Malone was named NBA Rookie of the Month in December 1985, the only previous monthly rookie honor for the Jazz. The award, which has been given monthly since the 1981-82 season, was originally the NBA Rookie of the Month before splitting into Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month in 2001-02.
It's difficult to not speculate whether Trey's increasingly well-rounded play would be getting more hype if he was playing in a larger TV market. It seems most pundits have already handed the ROY award to Michael Carter-Williams, which is understandable considering MCW stats. That said, I'm curious to see some of the (unbiased /s) arguments on this board as to why Trey may be more deserving.
Re-live "The Trey."
Marv Albert: "Burke brings it down...5 seconds...fires the threeee..."
Steve Kerr: "OHH!!"
Marv Albert: "...AND THE GAME IS TIED! HE'S TIED IT!"
Steve Kerr: "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!"
Sweep the Spartans!
Only 8 points on 3-11 shooting (1-3 from 3) but still had 4 Rebounds and 8 Assists to only 1 TO in their win over the Lakers.
Idle Friday thoughts: which team is better, last year's or this year's basketball team? Compare this team to how they were both at this time last year (ranked #1 for the week going into the Indiana game) and how they were playing at the end of the year, during the tournament run.
If they were playing each other, who would win?