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NBA AM: Trey Burke Brought In To Lead
Posted By Joel Brigham On July 8, 2013 @ 6:00 am In Main Page,NBA Summer League | No Comments
Utah Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke talks about his debut at the 2013 Orlando Summer League.Watch More Video Here
Trey Burke Struggles in Debut
When the Utah Jazz traded the No. 14 (Shabazz Muhammad) and No. 21 (Rudy Gobert) picks in last month’s draft to acquire NCAA National Player of the Year, Trey Burke, they were doing so with the hope that they were getting their paws on their point guard of the future. Burke made his debut for the Jazz this past weekend at the Orlando Pro Summer League and showed a little bit of what he can do on the pro level.
It was a slow start, as Burke shot 1-for-12 from the field in the Jazz’s win over Miami, but all of the rookies are going to have some nerves and system ignorance to work through. As far as Burke was concerned, it was great just to get his pro career started.
“It felt good,” he said. “Obviously my shot wasn’t there today, but I feel I’m still getting comfortable in the offense still. I’m just trying to continue to learn things as quickly as possible, learn from my teammates, and just keep leading.”
It’s that leadership that the team has communicated they want to see from him, regardless of what stats he puts up in these summer games.
“[The Utah coaching staff] knows that I can score and have all the intangibles,” he said, adding that they want to see him “continue to lead and be one of the vocal guys out there on the court—huddling guys up, all the small things that a point guard must show out there to help the team win.”
He’s also using the experience to get to know his new teammates, including a few guys that he’ll actually be running with once the regular season gets underway.
“It’s great to get to play with guys like Alec Burks and Jeremy Evans, Big Brookie (Jeff Brooks) down low,” Burke said. “It’s great having those weapons around me. It’s my job to keep getting them balls where they feel comfortable and put them in a comfortable position.”
And while Burke doesn’t know whether or not he’ll be the starter in Utah this season, he certainly seems confident enough to believe he’ll get a fair shot at it.
“I haven’t got any indications, but I think that the opportunity (to start) is there,” he said. “I know that I have to work for it and I think that they’re allowing me to work for it and that’s what matters.”
In the meantime, he’s hoping to use the Orlando Pro Summer League to learn the offense and adjust to the speed of the NBA game. According to Burke, his coaches are looking for “more intensity on the defensive end, more consistency at getting to the rim and finishing at the rim… It’s just all about confidence and just continuing to be a leader. I think that’s more important than anything.”
He’s not going to shoot 1-for-12 in every Summer League game, especially as he grows accustomed to his new team and his new teammates. Despite his slow start, nobody has lost any confidence in the talent and ability of Trey Burke.
Free Agency Dominoes Continue to Fall
The pool of free agents dwindles more and more by the day, and naturally quite a few players were snatched up on Sunday. Here’s a quick wrap-up of the latest transactions and rumblings in the world of NBA free agency:
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