Leave no stone unturned. That may not actually apply to the notion of the Charlotte Bobcats potentially drafting Michigan point guard Trey Burke, but depending on who you are and what you think of the current Charlotte roster, you could argue it should.
Kemba Walker has made significant strides in year two with the Bobcats. There’s no doubt about that. In fact, at first glance it looks like Burke is a borderline replica of Walker. He’s ball dominant, under-sized for the NBA point, not exactly an elite athlete, is a high volume scorer, and is a clutch performer with strong leadership capabilities.
One huge difference, however, is that (at least on the surface), Burke appears to have better point guard skills. But before we get too muddied up by this dirty, nasty idea of the Bobcats drafting another shoot-first point guard instead of what they really need (a high-quality big man), let’s at least scout Burke and see how/why he might be worth a look inside the lottery in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Trey Burke’s Strengths
Has a good frame and solid bulk. Great leader who has stepped up in big-time moments. Has put Michigan on his back during this year’s NCAA tourney. Has true point guard skill-set and instincts. Very consistent performer with a good work ethic. Doesn’t back down from the opposition. Has improved his overall offensive game, showing range on his shot. Is adept at penetrating and getting to the rim. Can shake off bad starts and bad games with ease. Doesn’t mind taking over or taking the big shot. Underrated defender. Very balanced prospect. Has some real upside as a true point guard at the next level.
Trey Burke’s Weaknesses
Isn’t quite there yet with his decision-making all the time. Vision, awareness and shot selection can be troubling at times. Needs to learn to stop shooting when he’s dead cold (although he didn’t have much of a choice this year). Lacks ideal size and isn’t an elite athlete. Not the quickest guy on the floor. Not overly explosive. Needs to get better in the transition game.
Should the Bobcats Draft Trey Burke?
Heck no. Don’t get me wrong, I really like a lot of what I see in Burke and think he’s a solid starter at the next level. But this would be a flat-out luxury pick – one Charlotte simply can’t afford to make. They already have two quality point guards who prefer to shoot a bit more than pass, and Walker is their future at the position. It’s time to get tougher and meaner inside, and if they don’t go for bulk and strength in the post, they at least need a finesse guy who brings more versatility and scoring than they currently have.