Don't Make Me Use The Bat
Projected Draft Number: #6 NBADraft.net/#7 Draftexpress.com
College Stats 2012-13: 35.4min 18.6pts (.460FG% .383TPt% .805FT%) 3.2reb 6.6ast 1.6stl 0.5blk 2.1TO
Baja's Review: In my humble opinion, Burke is the best PG in this draft. I saw him play as much as any other player, if not more. He's being condidered a little undersized, and I guess when compared with the new breed of PG that might be true, but if you looked up the height of every PG in the NBA, I think you'd find that there are probably more 6'1" and under PG's than there are 6'3" and over. At any rate, Burke is a little over 6'1". He's almost the precise height of Chris Paul, and Paul is doing just fine. Despite scoring 18.6 PPG, I still consider Burke a pass first PG. There were times throughout the year when his teammates hit a drought, and he had to carry the load himself. He's an excellent shooter, either as a spotup, or off the dribble. His overall range is beyond the NBA three point line. He's an excellent ballhandler with the ability to change directions, change speed, and with hesitation moves that freeze the opposition. He's more quick and crafty than fast, but he has the ability to get anywhere he wants on the court. Unlike many players that like to go either left or right, Burke will attack in any direction and with either hand. He has great court vision and is a very good passer, whether it be the simple pass, an alleyopp, or the long difficult bounce pass. He has them all in his arsenal. He's extremely patient, and plays with confidence. If he has a weakness on offense, its finishing at the basket, where many times he'll go to his floater instead of taking it all the way. But he's not afraid of contact, and gets to the line often. And by the way, he hardly ever turns the ball over. He averaged 6.6 assists a game this past season. Defensively is where scouts seem to have most of their question marks. Burke is a good athlete, but not a freak athlete. And despite his 6'1" height, he does have a very nice wingspan of 6'5.5", which does help him on defense. He averaged 1.6 steals a game.. There were times when I thought he tried to rest a little on the defensive end, and considering that he averaged 35 minutes out of 40 a game, and handled the ball a large portion of the time, I can understand to some extent. Thats not to say he was a bad defender! He wasn't! Its to say that I think he can be better. Burke isn't John Wall, but he's far more skilled than Wall was coming out of Kentucky. I think he's going to be a solid starter in the NBA and it wouldn't surprise me to see him in an all star game sometime in the future.
Gilles's Review: Sophomore. Is 6'1" with 6'5.5" wingspan. Above average athlete. Improved a lot in running the team: assist% jumped from 28.7% to 37.3%, while TOV% dropped from 16.7 to 11.9. Playing with very good offensive players helped, but most of them were finishers, so he had to take advantage of the situation. His scoring efficiency improved too, but later in the season he had to take scoring burden as teams stopped leaving his teammates open, so he had to create for himself and that didn't go as smoothly. Excellent P&R player that's probably going to be his main weapon. Not going to be more than average defender, but he won't be on the floor to defend.
Obviously a PG.
Capt.'s Review: The best PG in the draft. Burke has been dogged all along for height issues but measures out to a legit 6'1" in shoes so he's not as small as folks have made out. As a PG I can't quite nail down Burke's passing ability - he's a good passer, but I'm not sure whether or not he's a great passer. What is clear is that he's a great scorer, with the ability to hit a jumper both set and off the dribble from anywhere on the court. On top of that, he can get around his man to the rim (or often settle for a floater). As a floor general, Burke has a good ability to recognize what's not working and to move away from it, and he has the ability (or is it a tendency?) to create his own shot and take over a game late. I suspect that if you were to watch a highlight film composed from the last ten minutes of Burke's games, it would be more exciting than a film composed from the first 30 minutes, and by a long shot. That does, however, translate into a bit of hero-ball now and then. Defensively, he puts the effort in and gets in his man's face pretty often. He's not the greatest at preventing his man from getting by (the difference between his defense and the bigger Hardaway's on the same man was striking) but in a team concept I think he'll fare just fine on D. Burke is a pretty good candidate for the Kings' #7 pick,and a lot of what I see is a bigger Isaiah Thomas with better D. Burke ought to be a starting PG in the NBA, but the question facing team as they draft him is whether he's a top-ten PG or not.
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