I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
There's an article on the Detroit News' website (not sure if it made the print edition, or if it will tomorrow) defending the Piston's draft choice by comparing Trey Burke to fellow Michigan all-time great Cazzie Russell.
As the article tells us, in the 1966 NBA Draft, the Pistons passed up on the opportunity to draft Cazzie Russell.
"The Pistons passed on one of the greatest college players of the day, the Wolverines' Cazzie Russell, who had just led his squad to three Big-10 Titles and consecutive appearances in the Final Four, in favor of Dave Bing of Syracuse."
Dave Bing, as you may be aware, turned out to be a pretty darn good NBA player. The implication here is that history is repeating itself, and we should not judge Joe Dumars harshly for his decision. The author even digs up a personal memory to give the article that extra bit of impact...
"Trey Burke is some player, and some man. The overwhelming sense is the Pistons are in dire need of both. But I remember feeling much the same as I did this morning, when I learned as a 10-year-old the Pistons had passed on a guy who was an absolute god to me at the time."
So what's the problem? The entire premise of the article is flawed, because the Pistons never "passed" on Cazzie Russell. The Pistons had the second pick of the 1966 Draft. The New York Knicks had the first, which they used to pick... Cazzie Russell. He was not available to the Pistons. Perhaps the author (sportswriter Gregg Krupa) was thinking of the Territorial Pick rule, in which an NBA team could select a local college player BEFORE the first round of the draft - but that rule ended in 1965. Or perhaps the author has gained Mitch Albom's mystical ability to make strong emotional connections to events that never took place.
This has been today's edition of "Why Print Media is Dying and We Will Not Mourn Them."
EDIT: Several hours after this topic was posted, the article on the News' website was editted. The bits quoted in this post have been replaced, and the Pistons are now said to have "missed out" on Russell rather than "passing on" him.
...and the sun comes up in the East, I know.
There are 10 Players invited to the draft day green room; the list is in the link:
Trey Burke appeared on Grantland with Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons to do a full NBA job interview:
SI on Trey's NBA prospects:
|Name||Height w/o shoes||Height with shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing reach||Body fat||Hand length||Hand width|
|Chris Paul||5' 11.75''||6' 1''||178||6' 4.25''||7' 9''|
|Mike Conley Jr.||5' 11.75''||6' 0.75''||175||6' 5.75''||7' 10.5''||4.2|
|Trey Burke||5' 11.75''||6' 1.25''||187||6' 5.5''||8' 1.5''||6.9||8.25||8.75|
IMHO this closes the book on any negative discussion of Trey Burke's size. He is on track to be a high lottery pick. GO BLUE!
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla has Trey Burke as the top PG in this year's NBA draft. (Duh)
He has him ahead of CJ McCollum of Lehigh. One might says he has Burke Lehigher on his list. (Cringe)
Fraschilla compares him to last year's ROY, Damian Lillard in that he might be able to start at PG right away for a lottery team.
Because Burke will be selected by a team in the lottery that will have a specific need for the position, he has a chance to have the same impact that the Blazers' Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard had this past season. He'll likely start immediately, but I am not sure even he and his great will to win can affect a team's improvement right away.