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Burke's rookie season has led to some excitement for Jazz fans for the way he takes care of the ball, his penchant for hitting shots in crunch time and his leadership ability.
On the other side of the spectrum, his inconsistency (particularly as a shooter) has served to thoroughly temper the excitement.
His shooting percentages—both basic and advanced—are downright awful:
The fact that he's second on the Jazz in field-goal attempts per game at 12.5 is part of the problem. That's over two more shots than assist opportunities per game.
NBA.com defines assist opportunities as: "Passes by a player to a teammate in which the teammate attempts a shot, and if made, would be an assist. At 10.3 per game, Burke is second to Hayward in assist opportunities per game.
He tries to be a scorer more than a facilitator, but he doesn't have the physical tools to do so (at least not yet).
Due to his size (6'1" with his shoes on) and lack of top-notch explosiveness, Burke often forces bad shots. In a lot of those situations, he should be passing.
He could learn a thing or two from another physically challenged young point guard about deciding between scoring and distributing:
Burke's numbers are obviously influenced by playing with a point forward in Hayward, but the fact remains that he looks to score more than set up his teammates.
It may be unrealistic to expect him to have twice as many assist opportunities as shots like Marshall, but if Burke were to mix in even two or three more attempts to set others up, he'd be a more difficult defensive assignment.
If opposing defenders play him more for the pass, he might find better scoring opportunities. Honoring the passing lanes forces a defender to leave a bit more space.
So even if Burke's total shots went down slightly, the number of good looks would go up.
And more open shots should lead to better shooting percentages. If those start to trend upward as the season winds down, we'll have a lot less reason to be concerned about the rookie's future.