Would be epic to see him running the point after Kobe and Nash retire in L.A.
Trey Burke NBA Destination?
Darius Morris is still on their roster.
He'll be out of the NBA by next year. His contact is up and he has no singular skill he is great at.
Out of the NBA? He's 22 years old; 6"4 point guard and has played his way into the rotation at times. Though it might not be with the Lakers, think he's got plenty of potential left. You don't need an elite skill to be a roster guy.
EDIT: This guy might not be Stephen A. Smith, but he writes for a Lakers blog and disagrees with you.
He'll definately be on a roster. He'll be able to pick his team to some degree, if LA doesn't sign him, and go there to compete as a backup PG, which he should be able to do b/c he'll come cheap. Some team will go after him. He's a youngster that has improved, is cheap, and is a versatile guard who can play some defense and has some length.
I don't think he'll have his pick of teams. Whichever team is going to sign him is taking on a project. Morris hasn't really proven to be good at anything, outside of being tall for a PG. That doesn't get you your pick of teams. It allows to you maybe pick from the 3-4 teams that want to take a flier on an unproven PG that's going to be a project.
He won't be a hot commodity but he's going to have a few opportunities. He has a few things you can't teach and he's going to be cheap. I'll predict that a team with a proven point guard and very little cap space snatches him up to compete with another young guy to be the primary backup point guard. And when I say primary backup point guard, I mean spell Chris Paul for 5-10 minutes a game as he finishes his cup of Gatorade.
Said team (Clippers in my scenario) get a low-risk backup with some potential and experience. He won't have any guarantees, and the Clips aren't counting on him to become the PG of the future.
That job should fall to Darius Morris.
What has he done to convince you of that?
That. I wanted to be politcally correct and not say it...but Burke is the best prospect to come out of Ann Arbor in years. Years. Morris, not so much.
Since Jamal Crawford 13 years ago
The way it's been going so far I think the possibility of that happening is remote.
LA traded away their first round pick this year, so unless they can sign and trade Dwight before the draft, this won't happen. If they do S&T Dwight, they won't be looking to draft a backup PG I'm guessing.
Hope they can snag him
Knicks would be a perfect fit for Burke, though they may draft too low to get him. Felton is okay but won't be there long, same obviously for Kidd. Would be good for Burke because they will be a good team.
Rockets? Jeremy Lin?
The Rockets seemed the most logical choice to me...I just can't picture Trey in a Rockets jersey...and I'd honestly just like to see him on a team that I'd want to root for him.
I would love to see him with the Rockets. To me, they're a franchise that has always been easy to cheer for. Their championship teams had some of my favorite players of all time: Hakeem, Sam Cassell, and Bob Horry. And they were coached by Rudy T. I wish they had played Jordan's bulls though.
I agree, it would be awesome to see Trey come to Houston. I don't think we have had anyone come to Houston from Michigan since Mo Taylor. I miss Rudy T.
[EDIT] Forgot we had J. Howard on the squad for a couple of years.
Im confused by this post, only a handful of NBA teams are set at the PG position OKC,CHI,BOS,BK,LAC,MEMP,PHI,POR,GS,and maybe WASH. Even those teams Boston was looking to trade Rondo, CLippers haave to resign Paul, Chicago is unsure about Rose health, rumors are that OKC is starting to believe Westbrook is a SG, People say Brooklyn is unhappy with Williams shape, and Wall hasnt shown much this year returning from his injury. Early talks are the Pistons are hoping Marcus Smart the top PG prospect falls to them and they just drafted Knight 2 years ago. Every team in the NBA needs a solid back up aswell, 30 teams could use Trey Burke either as a starter or a role player.
Pretty sure the Cavs are all set with Kyrie Irving, too. That kid is going to be a stud for years if he can stay healthy.
I cant believe I forgot about Kyrie, even then they could use a back up
I could be wrong, but isn't Dion Waiters a combo guard that they expect to play both guard spots?
Denver is set with Ty Lawson and Andre Miller as a backup.
I think this draft is weak and he ends up at the backend or just outside the lottery. Hello Lakers. /s
My best is the Jazz.
Except Andre Miller turns 37 next month and makes 8 million this season
You mentioned teams that do not neet a point guard and I gave you another. Denver.
but they apparently have a pretty good chance of resigning Jose Calderon (reportedly for 7 mil a year which is a step down from his current contract. Plus, they have Brandon Knight and Will Bynum though they're moving Knight off the ball.
Im hoping Dumars uses the money he freed up on a star player
Have faith that Dumars will make the wrong decision.
They drafted Marquis Teague for a reason, and it wasn't to back up an undersized rookie.
I think Milwaukee could be a nice fit. Brandon Jennings is almost assured of leaving after the Bucks chose not to extend him before the season. He'll be a restricted FA, he wants out, and the Bucks don't seem inclined to pay him long term dollars to retain him. They'll probably be in the late lottery/early playoff exit area of the draft I expect Trey to be selected.
As a Milwaukee native, this outcome would thrill me.
They are likely to pick around the time when Burke will be selected, and have an injured starting point guard and no real backup. And they have Jared Sullinger. Did you know Burke and Sullinger are best friends? I didn't.
I just looked at a website called wikipedia.org which says that Trey Burke is from Columbus! Is there a narrative we can construct out of this?
Ok, I'm not sure if I'm missing the sarcasm, but I'll bite. If you didn't know that they were friends and ex high teammates, you must not have watched a single game this year because they talk about it constantly.....
Sarcasm = missing. Unless you were being doubly sarcastic, and now I'm the fool.
at Michigan left.
You do remember that he almost left after last season right?
is what it's called.
He's gone...better learn to accept it
Taylor Lewan renewed my faith in humanity.
I'm a little surprised that the Pistons are not in this discussion.
First, I think that Trey will go off the board berween 7~12, a little higher than currently projected, after a great tourney run and POY awards.
Second, Brandon Knight is now playing SG, and if he suceeds there, I see them not resigning their rented PG. Trey would be ideal with Detroit's bigs.
reportedly wants to stay at Detroit. He just moved his family to Detroit area and is willing to take a paycut to stay with them (rumor is 7 mil a year). If they resign him, PG is off the board.
I like your optimism.
If Burke ended up in Detroit I might actually watch a little NBA every now and then.
Detroit does not need a PG. They need a SF aka Shabazz Muhammad. Jose is a good fit for Detroit and they have plenty of guards with Knight, Stucket, Jose, and Will. They won't draft another guard in the first round. The Bucks suggestion was a good one.
Unfortunately, this is correct. Brandon Knight is not a SG. Maybe he's playing that right now out of necessity but that's not the long term play.
Pistons need a 2 and a 3 to build their team. Ben Mclemore from Kansas in this years draft and/or Andrew Wiggins in 2014. If they get one of those guys then look out.
C - Drummond
Detroit doesn't have the luxury of signing superstar FAs for a number of reasons (taxes, climate, etc) so they need to go the route of OKC. Go young and bottom out for a few years and build through the draft.
The worst thing to be in the NBA is mediocre. You gotta be a contender or in the dweller for a few years hoping to strike gold in the draft. Besides, who is winning the East the next 4-5 years anyway with LeBron playing the way he is?
I want to enjoy Trey as long as I can. There still is a very small chance he could come back, but I don't see it.
I'd love to see him as a Piston so I can go see him play.
is absolutely no chance he is coming back.
No, I haven't talked to him. No, I can't read minds. No, I cannot predict the future.
No, he is not coming back.
Taylor Lewan would like to have a word with you.
Speaking of the NBA Draft, is Adreian Payne considering testing the waters? It seems like he's playing his way onto the draft board. When you're that big and display some perimeter touch, you become a valuable commodity.
ESPN's Chad Ford has Gary Harris at #10 on his big board and Adreian Payne at #40.
Wow, I didn't realize Harris was so high up there.
Jazz, yes please. Jazz fans are still mourning the loss of Deron Williams.
He's not leaving till after next year.
But I will say that at the Michigan-WVU game in Brooklyn, I came face to face with a guy whom I'm nearly positive was an OKC scout. Big notepad, plenty of OKC gear. Could just as easily have been looking at Tim or GRIII, or just there because, but my 2 cents.
Westbrook still has 5 years on his contract, and though there is speculation that he can be a liability at times, they seem pretty dedicated to him.
I'd say the Jazz, Celtics, Bucks, or (unfortunately) Bobcats.
For those saying the Lakers: if nothing changes, their pick is around the 40th or something IIRC.
But I thought I'd share my cool story (bro) in case something comes of it down the line. Your guesses sound as likely as anything else.
I could see them using Burke as a change of pace, though, sliding Westbrook to the 2 for 10 minutes a game with Burke picking up another 10-15 minutes with the second unit.
Probably irrelevant since he's not going to be there when the Thunder pick.
OKC has the Raptors pick (Top 3 protected) and Mavs pick (Top 20 protected) in addition to their own for 2013 so they have plenty of avenues to pick up Trey if they really want him.
At almost every game looking at somebody or another. I went to a game last year and met a Pistons scout who was looking at Morgan (of all people). I'm sure every NBA team has had a scout attend at least one Michigan game at this point.
The Rockets have 2 more years of a somewhat expensive Jeremy Lin.
I think Utah, Indiana, Milwaukee come to mind.
Lin's contract wouldn't be a barrier to the Rockets drafting Burke.
The Rockets have enough cap space to make a run at any max-offer free agent, including Howard, this off season according to Zach Lowe, who understands this stuff better than anyone. Also, Burke would still be on a rookie deal when Lin's contract expires in 2014-5. Add in that their offense is essentially all pick and roll all the time and it could be a good fit.
The Rockets currently don't have a first round pick. Their earliest pick is the Phoenix seceond round pick. Burke will be long gone by then.
I wouldn't mind seeing Burke take an apprenticeship type role as a backup for a year or two for a team that doesn't expect to extend their current PG.
is a great spot for Trey, providing they can keep the pick traded to Houston.
they have kyle lowry tho.
Dallas will probably be somewhere in the early teens and would have a dire need to go after a true point guard. They have Collison on an expiring contract and have Mike James as their back-up so they'll be in the market during both the draft and in free agency next year.
They are going to go after Chris Paul, but there is NO way he's going to sign with Dallas. So I think that the Mavs are either going to try to draft a true point guard OR they'll draft the tallest white guy available...
i don't know what you're talking about. trey burke will remain a sophomore forever and therefore will never leave college.
Phoenix drafted Kendall Marshall last year to be their point guard of the future. I could see the Magic or Jazz as good fits. Jameer Nelson is getting older. Personally I would like Trey join the Lakers and learn under Steve Nash before taking over.
I really hope he doesn't go to Phoenix. Terrible owner and they have no idea what they're trying to do with their roster.
hes got no place in pheonix, they have dragic who is having a nice year and marshall. adding burke would make zero sense
This kid's going in the lottery, so it'll depend on the order of the lottery. I don't see him sliding past the Pistons, though. That would make me very happy too because Brandon Knight is not the point guard I was hoping he would be coming out of Kentucky.
i'd love to see him take over for Jeff Teague in Atlanta.
Are you kidding me??? Teague is the face of the team right now. Josh Smith is gone after this year. He's exactly the guy the Hawks want running the point in Atlanta.
But the Spurs actually may make the most sense when you consider playing style.
i agree with you but how do you hate the spurs
I know that I am in the minority here, but I think Burke will be best served as a backup point guard on a good team. This years draft is weak and he IS the best player in college basketball, but I think he is playing at his ceiling physically. So I think it will be a good thing if he goes to a late first round team. I am not saying that he won't be a starting point guard, I just don't think he will ever be a franchise type point guard in the NBA.
and I really hope I am wrong..... that said, I tend to agree with you. What will help him is that he is a decent shooter and (should get better) that he takes care of the ball. His size and quickness could slow his development.
Earlier today I posted a question on one of the latest stories on UMHoops about Burke. My question was what people thought of his NBA potential given his awesome season. It seems that he's climbed some draft boards but remains a mid-round prospect based on his height.
I found a website that lets you compare college players so I put in Burke and compared him to Paul, Westbrook, Lawson, and Rose. Paul and Lawson are both very good comparisons both physically and statistically. Based on their NBA careers you'd think Burke has a good chance to be a starter, or at least major contributor.
One depressing part of the comparison is FT-attempts. The other players blow Burke out of the water in that stat (shakes fist at B10 refs).
This link is great!!! But one thing that these stats do not show is quickness. Lawson and Paul are both much quicker (and faster) then Burke. I think this is a major attribute if you are 6 foot or under. Not saying that I agree with the way NBA point guards are used, but all the top PGs all have the ability to score in one on one situations (on just about anyone who is guarding them). A great example of this is Will Bynum, he is not a top PG (or starter), but he is able to stick around because of his exceptional athletism.
Alex - I don't follow the NBA well enough to debate this point, but I found your comment interesting. Do you really think Paul and Lawson are that much quicker than Burke? Are there any other 6-foot PG's we could compare him to in the NBA?
only because my GF parents are season ticket holders and I'd like a reason to get excited to go. Selfish as it may be, however, he may actually be a decent fit there since Rose can't seem to stay healthy..
(Sorry DMo) Steve Nash is aging. And they need high quality PG for the future.
Didn't see this anywhere in the comments, but draftexpress has Burke going to Utah and NBAdraft.net has him going 15th to Milwaukee. Boston also picks in that area.
Interestingly, NBADraft.net has both GR3 and THJ going in the first round, but I didn't see either on draftexpress. Someone please let me know if I'm blind.
Trey Burke won't get his degree for another 2 years...
Calderone doesn't play D and is 31. Even if he stays you have 2 seven footers who are under 22 and that doesn't equate to a long term commitment in the point guard department.
None of the rest of Detroit's combo guards really knows or has shown the slightest ability to play the pg position. Trey is perfect for Detroit.
Comparing Trey to Chris Paul etc is just silly. Even if he doesn't end up as good as Paul (which I'm not yet convinced he can't be) Burke can still be a solid NBA starting point.
Eric snow lasted a long time in the league as a solid starter and he had no jumpshot. Anyone thinking Trey is a back up and that the pistons wouldn't be lucky to have them needs to reevaluate that assessment
The best fit is Golden State. Burke will not be a "star" pg ever. He is not derick rose, nor Westbrook, or Chris Paul. He will float between starter and backup settling in as a backup midway through his career. Golden state runs a of dominating offense. Steph Curry has had injury issues in other years so if he's out for an extended time Burke fits in nicely and keeps the game flow the same as a backup.