Trey Burke is officially a member of the Utah Jazz. Drafted in the No. 9 slot by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the former Michigan Wolverine barely had the opportunity to envision playing alongside Kevin Love before reportedly being sent to the Portland Trail Blazers via trade.
Ultimately, reports of the deal with Portland proved to be false as the Timberwolves traded Burke to Utah in exchange for two first round picks, 14th and 21st overall.
College basketball’s National Player of the Year, after averaging 18.6 points per game and 6.6 assists per game, helping lead Michigan to an appearance in the national championship game, Burke remained seated in the green room of the Barclays Center as the Detroit Pistons were on the clock with the No. 8 pick.
The Pistons passed despite a need at the point guard position and the possibility of sparking the desolate fan base in Detroit by adding a local talent in Burke.
In Utah, Burke finds himself in a positive situation as the potential face of an organization that has had their share of success in the past, looking to build around a young, talented, athletic nucleus.
The Jazz had 10 players average at least six points per game in 2012-13, including all five starters averaging double figures, lead by leading scorer Al Jefferson who pumped in 17.8 points per game and Paul Milsap with 14.6 points per game.
Burke could provide a spark for several Jazz looking to live up to the promise they once had when entering the NBA, surrounding himself with forward Derrick Favors, forward Marvin Williams, and center Enes Kanter.
The Jazz finished 43-39 in 2012-13, one spot shy of making the playoffs in the western conference.