2012-13 Per-36 Minutes: N/A
Anticipated Role: Playmaker and Leader
Trey Burke won five major national player of the year awards for his sophomore season at Michigan. He averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists and led the Wolverines to the national championship game.
The Jazz were clearly impressed with his work in college, as the team traded two first-round picks (Nos. 14 and 21) to move up and take Burke at No. 9.
The trade brought a lot of excitement to Utah, but that was soon tempered by an awful summer league performance from Burke. In four games, he averaged 8.8 points while shooting 24 percent from the field (including 1-19 from three-point range).
Against bigger, faster defenders, Burke had a hard time hitting the jump shots and finishing the drives that came so much easier in college. But his shooting struggles don't tell the whole story.
There were a few positive signs as well.
He dished out 16 assists and grabbed 14 rebounds in four games in Orlando and showed a level of aggression that he'll need to put to work in the regular season as well.
If he does, he'll continue to struggle with his shot, but should progress during the season as he adapts to the size and speed of NBA basketball.
Aggression should help him create open looks for his teammates as well. He averaged four assists per game during the summer league. That number should go up as he'll get more minutes and have much more reliable teammates to whom he can distribute the ball in the regular season.
Predicted 2013-14 Stats: 13.8 points, 6.5 assists and 40 percent from the field
The Jazz have given the keys to the car to Burke. He's penciled in to start at point guard from Day 1.
He'll take his lumps as a rookie, but will likely be allowed to play through mistakes and given a bright green light to make decisions both as a scorer and playmaker.