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Report: Pelicans have interest in Trey Burke at No. 6 in draft

May 28, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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The Pelicans have the guy they think will develop into a franchise anchor in the paint in Anthony Davis (who flew under the radar this year but showed the signs of being a very special player in a couple years). But you can’t succeed in the NBA on the inside without some balance on the outside. Say, a good point guard.

How about Trey Burke of Michigan?

The Pelicans are interested if he falls to them at No. 6, reports the Times-Picayune.

Sources say the Pelicans like Burke because he has the potential to get them in their offensive sets quicker and he could provide more versatility in their backcourt that could include starting point guard Greivis Vasquez playing off the ball.

Burke is someone more ready to play now then most of the guys in this draft — he is a good point guard off the pick-and-roll, both as a scorer and a creator for others. He’s not going to be an NBA star, but ask Memphis how well you can do with a smart, quality point guard surrounded by good players.

We are a long way from the draft — the Pelicans haven’t even started working players out yet. Things will shift. The Pelicans could trade down, a team above them could decide Burke is their guy.

One thing that this suggests (but that we already suspected) — New Orleans isn’t looking at Austin Rivers as a long-term answer.

  1. sportsnut101 - May 28, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    I see Austin rivers same as Seth curry Both can shoot n score.

    Curry wasn’t off the charts his rookie yr. it’s call u have to develope them Hornets record sucked yes but they were in a lot of games they played hard. I liketheteamgoing forward. They need more pieces. Burke Is a nice player Pelicans need a center pg sf n bench help. .

    • Kurt Helin - May 29, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Austin Rivers was historically bad this year. Seriously, look at his numbers from the first half of this year. He is not close to Curry’s class.

    • zblott - May 29, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      If only there was a way we could compare the shooting ability of these two as rookies…

      Rivers’ shooting #’s: .372 FG, .326 3FG, .546 FT, .408 eFG
      Curry as a rookie: .462 FG, .437 3FG, .885 FT, .535 eFG

  2. zblott - May 28, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Remember when some fans actually thought Austin Rivers had a future in the league as a player capable of making a positive contribution? Well their unfounded ideas (go look at his college stats or watch any of the tape) didn’t take long to get steamrolled.

    • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I think most people thought he was talented, I also think most people thought he needed AT LEAST one more year of college. He definitely wasn’t ready to come out last year.

      • nbascreed - May 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Speak for yourself. Everyone I knew, knew he lacked athleticism to play and didn’t make up for it with savvy (Steph, Jimmy Hards).

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Did the Hornets/Pelicans reach to get him? Absolutely. He needed more “seasoning/savy”. Didn’t I suggest that in my my response?

    • zblott - May 29, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      I think everyone is now playing 20-20 draft expert. Fans and pundits everywhere were giving NO major props for their top 2 picks saying they got major talent with their top-10 haul. I don’t remember too many people coming out and flat out saying Rivers sucked and wouldn’t hack it at all. I did on PBT continually and caught crap for it, yet now everyone seems to remember things differently.

      Go type “Austin Rivers Draft” into the search box and look at the comments from last summer. Sure, plenty of lukewarm thoughts on Rivers, but not a lot of people tearing down the pundits for giving NO an A+ for their draft. It was a terrible pick, not a so-so, he-should-have-stayed-another-year one that now has people saying he’s talented and will figure it out eventually. He won’t figure it out at all, and NO is confirming it right now by looking at Trey Burke — not the best available talent, but a targeted guy who plays the position Rivers was drafted for just last year.

  3. tampajoey - May 28, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Doesn’t everyone want to be a Pelican?

    • nbascreed - May 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Mascot Joke-FAIL. You losers do realize that every nickname in the history of sports could’ve easily been lampooned during its nascency.

      • bougin89 - May 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM

        Total FAIL response. Question here, was that a mascot joke?? Where is your $1,000 bet anyway from the NBA All Star game? I never watched a single second of any of that crap.

  4. scottheis82 - May 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    “ask Memphis how well you can do with a smart, quality point guard surrounded by good players”… apparently it gets you swept in the conference finals.

    • scottheis82 - May 28, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      But at this point Nola would definetly take that.

      • nolahxc - May 29, 2013 at 9:18 AM

        damn right we would!

    • raidmagic - May 28, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Beats winning 25 games a year

  5. scottheis82 - May 28, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    @tampajoey, yeah everyone really wants to be part of that Tampa basketball team, what’s their name again?

  6. logisticalvoices - May 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    The Orlando Magic

  7. ebergevin - May 28, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    I feel like Burke is continuously being underestimated. No one thought he would be where he was today, including Burke himself, and he’s on the verge of being a lottery pick.

    Many of these same talent evaluators went as far to say that Kyrie Irving would be good, but not great.

    From watching Burke, I feel that he has Derrick Rose-esque penetration ability and often looked superior to all talent on the court in college.

    The kid has overcome the odds and it won’t shock me if we look back in 5-10 years and say Burke was the steal of this draft. I see a lot of bust potential in this draft.

  8. rickyspanish - May 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Gotta get used that name, it still confuses me.

  9. funktron2x - May 28, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I am somewhat surprised at how Burke isn’t under more consideration as a top overall pick. I think it’s pretty clear that his game translates perfectly to the nba. Right now, a poor man’s Tony Parker. In five years… maybe the same kind of player

    • jcmeyer10 - May 28, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      Anyone who is a poor man’s anything is not a number one draft pick.

  10. money2long - May 28, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    can’t wait to see what anthony davis is like in his prime . i remember reading an nba exec thinks his ceiling is higher than that of kevin garnett’s

    found a link for those curious

  11. themagicfanguy - May 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Burke is overrated. Just Jameer Nelson 2.0

    At best a guy who can hit some threes off the bench, not worth a lottery pick. Too small, too slow, too turnover prone, too much of a liability on defense.

    • patfic15 - May 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      Totally agree. This draft has the makings of producing a Mark Jacksonesque ROTY.

  12. therealgts - May 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Trey burke is turnover prone? What games were you watching. He had a 4-1 assist to turnover ratio

  13. ajek23 - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Ok ppl live in Nola and have see plenty on the gms. First thought i knew last summer the team messed up selecting rivers. He’s not a pg and a mediocre shooter. He’s not rdy for the NBA period. Vasquez is not the answer at pg either turnover prone. If they want to get around the CP3 trade Burke is ur best bet.

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