Trey Burke of Michigan went ninth overall in last week’s NBA Draft. Even though he wanted to get drafted higher he couldn’t have landed in a better scenario. He is set up for success immediately. He was drafted by Minnesota but traded to the Utah Jazz for picks 14 (Shabazz Muhammad) and 21 (Gorgui Dieng). The Jazz have been building for this season since 2010 and it looks to be going as planned so far. All of the players that the Jazz will probably start next season were former top ten picks. They acquired the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, Derrick Favors, as well as the third overall pick in the 2012 pick which led them to Enes Kanter, from the Nets for Deron Williams who was a lock to not re-sign with Utah. They already had the ninth pick in the 2010 draft, Gordon Hayward. The fifth starter will be Marvin Williams who was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft. Favors and Hayward were among 27 players invited to tryout for Team USA later this month in Las Vegas.
Trey Burke is the point guard who the Jazz traded for in the draft to bring this young team together. Burke won almost every award last season as a sophomore at Michigan including the Naismith which is the equivalent to the Heisman, and the Cousy award which is given to the nation’s best point guard. When it comes to leading an underdog team to the top, Burke is the best. Not only do I expect a great season from the Jazz this year, but I expect them to get better every season. If they can keep the core of this team together for more than a few seasons then they will become one of the best teams in the NBA.
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