According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Trey Burke’s draft stock is taking a hit from a combination of the amount of time since Michigan’s magical run to the NCAA Championship game and an average combine workout.
In Ford’s latest big board, Burke slipped from the fourth best prospect in the draft to sixth.
After an impressive workout involving other top point guards Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum, it is rumored that Burke may not even be the first point guard off the board come June.
When it comes to elite point guards at the NBA level, a single trait that nearly all of them possess is lateral quickness, something Burke lacks. Think of Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and Derek Rose pre-injury, all of them have the lateral quickness to be too shifty for defenders to stay in front of. May’s draft combine highlighted the former Michigan point guard’s average athleticism.
While the lack of elite athleticism is a concern for most, the Orlando Magic and newly named New Orleans Pelicans remain interested in last year’s NCAA Player of the Year. Burke’s lone scheduled workout is with the Magic, who currently hold the second overall pick. If the Magic and Pelicans decide to go a different direction, Burke could fall out of the top ten, according to Ford.
With that said, if Burke does slip in the draft and is on the board when the Sixers are on the clock, what will Sam Hinkie decide to do? Jrue Holiday has established himself as the future of the team as of now, but the team’s offensive struggles when Holiday is not on the floor are well documented.
The back-up point guard position was a revolving door for the Sixers in 2012-2013. Maalik Wayns, Royal Ivey, and Jeremy Pargo were all given the opportunity to step into the role, before all of them eventually failed to do so.
Most expect the Sixers to select a big with the 11th overall pick, but if Burke is still available, will they be able to pass on that opportunity? Despite the lack of world-class athleticism, Burke established himself as an efficient point guard with scoring instincts and the ever important ability to flourish in pick-and-roll situations.
It is unclear which direction new general manager Sam Hinkie plans to go, but it will be interesting to see what the decision is on draft day if Trey Burke does indeed fall out of the top ten.
Until June 27th, stay tuned.