The Utah Jazz dropped to an NBA-worst 1-12 on Wednesday night with a 105-98 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Maybe it would be nice if the fans in Utah got some good news for a change...news that doesn't include the words "strong 2014 draft class."
Well good news, Utahans, because you now have a chance to watch a high draft pick before 2014!
His name is Trey Burke, and he was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft after leading the University of Michigan to the Final Four and winning the John R. Wooden Award as national collegiate player of the year. Now that sounds like the kind of guy a 1-12 team could use!
Burke fractured his finger in the preseason, costing him the chance to play in the first few weeks of the season. He played in Wednesday's game with his finger taped.
While he didn't lead the Jazz to victory in his debut, he did post of solid line in his 12 minutes of playing time: 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with one assist, rebound and steal against zero turnovers.
The Jazz could really use some help in the backcourt, and a strong rookie season from Burke could help them take some of the sting out of a horrendous start to the season. Still, his Jazz teammates weren't above having a little fun with the rookie.
The Jazz have a history of developing guards, and Burke will look to join the likes of John Stockton and Deron Williams as he kicks off his career by the Great Salt Lake.