Trey Burke Traded to Utah Jazz: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - FEBRUARY 05: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines brings up the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Crisler Center on February 5, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 76-74 in overtime. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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With the ninth pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Trey Burke from University of Michigan and subsequently traded to the Utah Jazz for picks No. 14 and 21.

Here's everything you need to know about Burke: 

Physical Tools 

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Burke's physical attributes:

Burke is a feisty little guard at just over 6'1'', with average athleticism and lightning quick feet. His first step can be deadly, particularly off ball screens, where his stop-to-start quickness allows him to hit the gap hard.

He's visibly stronger than he was as a freshman, and he will need to continue building his upper body strength for play at the next level. Burke's uninspiring agility score at the combine left some wondering whether or not he'll be capable of guarding next-level point guards. But otherwise, he put up solid measurements and results in terms of height, length and vertical leaps.

Getting to Know Trey Burke

Although Burke is undersized, NBA executives and coaches love him because he's the quintessential competitor. His confidence and leadership are contagious, as he's not afraid to be the playmaker in pressure-packed situations. 


NBA Player Comparison 

Due to his ability to create scoring opportunities, make shots and run the point, Burke could end up being a dual-threat point guard much like Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

His worst-case scenario translates to a guard like Jerryd Bayless, who's an undersized reserve combo guard. Bayless isn't a pure point guard, but he's a solid athletic role player.


Pro Predictions 

Burke already possesses NBA-caliber shot-making skills, and he's good in the pick-and-roll, so he can make an impact right away.

He could succeed as a starter or a spark plug off the bench, although it might be tough for him to supply Lillard-type production as a rookie. He could see upward of 30 minutes per game if he can establish himself as a floor general.

In the long term, it's reasonable to believe he could be a top-10 starting point guard in the league.