2013 Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League: Burke Continues to Struggle
By Josh Cohen
July 11, 2013
ORLANDO -- Trey Burke’s time at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League has not helped silence any of his critics. But his supporters believe this week’s struggles are exactly what he needs to adjust and transform his game by the time the games actually count.
After his 3-for-15 shooting performance on Thursday in Utah’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, Burke is now 9-for-42 from the floor in three games. He didn’t play (rest) Wednesday.
Burke led the Michigan Wolverines to the NCAA title game in March and was named the National Player of the Year before getting selected ninth overall in last month’s NBA Draft. The 20-year-old was originally selected by the Timberwolves before he was traded on draft night to the Jazz.
With Utah in a full renovation after Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap decided to sign elsewhere, there is no rush for Burke to have a major impact right away. Alongside other blossoming youngsters like Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward, there is plenty of time for him to learn the ropes and evolve into a dependable point guard in the NBA.
The Pacers, on the other hand, evened their record at Summer League. Justin Harper, who started his career with the Magic, led Indiana with 13 points, while Solomon Hill and Orlando Johnson each scored 12.
After their run to the Eastern Conference Finals this past season, the Pacers’ rotation is mostly set for next year. However, with Tyler Hansbrough leaving to join the Raptors, there may be room for one of these youngsters to earn a spot on next season’s roster.
Hill, who was selected 23rd overall in the draft last month, has been impressive this week. Depending on whether Danny Granger is healthy next year, he may have an opportunity to step in right away and earn quality minutes off the bench. Johnson, who played sparingly last season, has clearly made a jump and is ready to help out that backcourt.
Also, Miles Plumlee, who pitched in six points and seven rebounds in Thursday's win, could help Indiana's frontcourt become even more stifling.