Burke Wins NBA Skills Challenge

Submitted by Geaux_Blue on February 15th, 2014 at 9:34 PM
Part of NBA All Star Weekend. Info to follow.



February 15th, 2014 at 9:49 PM ^

Worst draft pick given the players available at the time he was chosen. But he's in for a fight cause the Cavs Anthony Bennett was also invited.

Note:yes I know Bennett got a double double the other nite. Blind animals....acorns....stuff like that.


February 15th, 2014 at 10:17 PM ^

Actually given how things turned out...there wasn't really a great pick to be had for Detroit. No one was a stand out and before we start sippin Michigan connection kool aid realize that Jennings has more than produced from the PG spot for the pistons and by stats has shot better than Burke while averaging 3 more assists a game.



February 15th, 2014 at 10:38 PM ^

So...you would rather have 2 pg's and no SG's of the future instead of a PG who is putting up better #'s than both Burke/Knight and Middleton who has done what again? 

My friend drafting a local boy doesn't always work...just ask the Pistons about Cleaves, the lions about Rogers and so on.


February 15th, 2014 at 11:55 PM ^

Well, for starters Knight leads his team in scoring and assists and could play off the ball better than Stuckey, who could be dealt. Middleton is fourth on his team in scoring and leads them in steals. Between the two of them they have 75 starts and average over 28 points, 8 boards, and 6 assists. Middleton is shooting 43% 3PT. You can discount those numbers a bit by adding that the Bucks are the worst team in the league by a substantial margin, but to ask what Middleton has done is simply ignorance.


February 15th, 2014 at 11:19 PM ^

Haha, dude - Jennings is several years older than Burke, and makes about 15X Burke's salary. Strictly in terms of cost effectiveness, Burke is the significantly better option. Burke's salary instead of Jennings' is probably the difference in being able to resign Monroe or not. 


February 15th, 2014 at 11:46 PM ^

Jennings is 3 years older than Trey and actually makes about 3x Burke's salary. But you know, facts. 

Josh Smith's salary and general ineffectiveness could be the difference in beign able to re-sign Monroe or possibly needing to deal him. 


February 16th, 2014 at 10:39 AM ^

Smith has all the talent in the world, and when he is playing the 4 he can do some really good things. Yes, he can rebound, pass, and block shots and gain steals. His counting stats look good. But his individual defense on small forwards has not been great. He's fifth, on the Pistons, in PER. He turns the ball over a lot. And that only thing he can't do, shoot, is a pretty big weakness. Teams give him jumpers all day because he's threatening to put up the worst 3-point shooting season in history at the volume of shots he takes. 


February 16th, 2014 at 12:17 AM ^

Dumars used a top ten pick to select a SG who averages just a shade under "Jack shit" when he had a chance to select one of two franchise PGs who had both just appeared in the Final Four. It doesn't matter what Jennings averages. It didn't make him an all star this year nor has it made the Pistons any better.


February 16th, 2014 at 1:21 AM ^

I was going to write an actual response about how I believe your underlying premise is flawed, but insted here is the outline version:

  • To bring Jennings into this discussion at all, your position necessarily is that a non-contending team should make draft selctions based on the team's needs.
  • When you are a non-contending team, your needs are somewhere between everything and a bunch of things.
  • Filling one need only fills one need. You still have many others.
  • However, if you draft to acquire the most valuable asset (the best player available), you can use the higher value of that asset to satisfy more of your needs. For example, if the Pistons were to trade with the Jazz tomorrow, the Jazz would trade Burke to the Pistons for KCP and something else.
  • That "something else" can be used to fill one of your non-contending team's many other needs.
  • NBA Players are fungible so having having 2 point guards and 0 shoooting guards, per your characterization of what the Pistons would have had if they drafted Burke, is not an actual problem. This last point is especially true if Jennings is as talented as you believe him to be.



February 16th, 2014 at 8:17 AM ^

No one in the nba is giving Utah jazz two of anything for trey Burke haha. I know you love trey. Sorry but trey not even in the top five in the west just stop it. I like trey but your ridiculous. Trey Burke wasn't the best player if so his draft selection would've reflected such homer


February 16th, 2014 at 8:07 AM ^

I'm glad all of you are excited about trey & thj, but most of you suck. It's crazy people on this site act is if they have all the answers & are never wrong. Most of u rag on KCP like you know him or actually watch him before he was in A piston uniform. The guy can play so stop pole riding Burke I'm pretty sure the ladies are helping him out he don't need all of you. It's funny when trey Burke has a bad game or don't do shit, it's crickets around this piece. I mean steph curry scored 44 the other day, nothing from no one. So chill out both of those kids are less than 60 games in their first season. I know of tons players in all sports who start off well but finish bad or vice versa. So just chill out on that KCP the Garbage it's getting annoying and old.


February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 PM ^

Been cool to see a UM presence on All-Star weekend again. Can't wait till Nik dominates the 3-point contest. Actually I can wait like two more years.


February 15th, 2014 at 10:05 PM ^

With Hardaway's show yesterday (36 points 12-23) and Burke today in the Skills Challenge, it's awesome to see UM getting represented during NBA All-Star weekend. Those two are going to have great careers. Cant wait till 2 or 3 years from now when Nik wins the 3 Points Contest and GR3 wins the dunk contest.