NBA rookies ready to make an impact in 2013-14

7/2/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

1. Trey Burke

Many expected that Burke would be off the board long before Minnesota picked at No. 9, but he slipped and Utah took advantage. They flipped a couple later picks for Burke and got their point guard of the future. And a year after Mo Williams and Jamaal Tinsley were the team's primary point guards, Burke may be the point guard of the present too.

Apr 8, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Trey Burke (3) drives as Louisville Cardinals center Gorgui Dieng (10) defends during the second half of the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsThis prediction that Burke will have the biggest impact is largely contingent on other Jazz roster decisions, but I think he'll have a nice season no matter who Utah is able to put around him next year. Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap are both unrestricted free agents and there's a very good chance that one or both will be gone next year. But even if one of their bigs leaves, there are other guys on the roster that can hit an open jump shot and spread the floor, allowing Burke to create for himself as well as others.  

Randy Foye and Gordon Hayward are established shooters and Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, and Derrick Favors are young players that will benefit from improved PG play. Even if Burke doesn't put up monster stats, the addition of a reliable point guard, who can run the team down the stretch, will really help a team that almost made the playoffs last year.

Clearly Tyrone Corbin can coach 'em up and Burke is a natural leader and playmaker that should be able to take them to the next level right away. His leadership and maturity combined with a team that did surprisingly well last season is a recipe for mutual success. 
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