Utah Lands Trey Burke; T-Wolves Bolster Front Court

Trey Burke

Trey Burke

Trey Burke, who is considered by many to be the best point guard in the draft, fell to 9th overall and was promptly traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz.  Some were likely scratching their heads as the T-Wolves selected a point guard, considering the team already has Ricky Rubio, but the selection made sense once the trade was announced.  In return the T-Wolves receive forward Shabazz Muhammad (who, if nothing else, at least has an awesome name) and center Gorgui Dieng.  The move allows the T-Wolves to bolster their front court and create flexibility for future trades.  A move that may see the T-Wolves move a promising young front-court player to a shooting guard may be in the works.

 

Shabazz Muhammad

Shabazz Muhammad

Though trading big for small is often frowned upon, the move makes sense for the Jazz who already have a backlog of players at power forward and center and are in dire need of a point guard.  Burke, who stands at 6 feet, may be a little small to guard some of the bigger point guards, but his percentages were much higher than the bigger Michael Carter-Williams, the point guard who was taken shortly after Burke.  Burke also has an impressive 3-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.  The Jazz are no doubt hoping that they have landed the best point guard the franchise has had since John Stockton retired, but there are a lot of decisions ahead for Utah this season, not the least of which is which free agents to keep as much of their roster is hitting the free agency market this summer.  Burke, though, is a nice piece to start with.

 

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