Point guard Trey Burke is an interesting reclamation project for the Magic.
Burke fits the archetype of the college star who is not athletic enough or tall enough to make it in the NBA.
Burke was a complete stud for the Michigan Wolverines and was one of the best college players in the past decade. But his shot has not translated to the NBA. He has struggled to guard taller and more athletic players.
Burke enjoyed great amounts of playing time during his stay with Utah, but he failed to capitalize on the opportunities. Burke statistically peaked during his rookie year, as he averaged a career-high 12.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.
Burke failed to exceed or even match those numbers in his final two years in Utah. The Utah Jazz traded Burke to the Washington Wizards last year for a practical bag of rocks. He had trouble finding constant playing time behind John Wall.
While Burke sounds like a complete bust, there is still potential in him. First, Burke fits a positional need, as the Magic have a need for
First, Burke fits a positional need, as the Magic need for third point guard. Further, Burke is too young to give up on, as he is only 24. His best days can certainly be ahead.
The Magic need shooting, and while this was a problem for Burke in his first couple years, he has improved his shot mightily. He even shot 44 percent from the three last year. While that is a small sample size (only 12 minutes per game) it is certainly a positive sign.
The Magic may be better off seeing what they have in rookie Summer League guard Derrick Walton Jr. (he has been very impressive in summer league) than signing Burke.
This is a real possibility, as the Magic have rumored interest in Burke.