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NBA Ceiling: Explosive backup point guard
At 22 years old, Nevada's Deonte Burton is probably closer to his NBA ceiling than the rest of the young guns in these rankings.
His pro appeal begins with his staggering athleticism. When given a lane on the court, he uses it as a runway for takeoff (enjoy the video evidence at your own risk). Burton will undoubtedly be able to attack the rim at the next level.
When he takes the reins of an NBA offense, he won't operate as a true floor general. Unfortunately, he's not great at directing traffic in half-court sets, nor does he have elite court vision.
That being said, he's an aggressive attacker who will create opportunities when he enters the game. Draft Express video analyst Mike Schmitz likes his upside: "He's not a pure point guard but he can fill it up. Maybe the most athletic point guard prospect in the draft."
He'll also be able to successfully steer opposing guards away from plays, using his foot speed, strength and instincts. Standing out in this area could increase his playing time against the league's top scorers.
Burton is not a star, and probably not even a starter. But he may be one of those dynamite reserves that other backups don't want to face.