Ever since Trey Burke's less than stellar summer league, his ROY stock and the overall glowing optimism that had so many fans drooling over him on draft night have steadily decreased. While most sane fans of the Jazz acknowledge that he didn't look very good in Orlando, we also realize that the summer league is no place to judge lottery picks who have yet to practice or play with their NBA caliber teammates. Others outside the Utah media continue to look at Burke as a bust waiting to happen, such as Yahoo! sports writer Kelly Dwyer in a recent article profiling Derrick Favors:
There’s no such backcourt force in place for Utah right now, which is by design. The team took a pass on signing a sure thing like Jose Calderon and declined to take a chance on a question mark like Tyreke Evans at the wing position. Instead, the team drafted Michigan’s Trey Burke to become (let’s be honest; though I hope he proves me wrong) Utah’s mindful backup point guard of the future, while keeping the payroll nice and tidy.
It seems somewhat unnecessary to take a dig at the young Jazz point guard of the future here, and while its far too early to say whether Burke will be the 3rd great Jazz point guard behind John Stockton and Deron Williams, it is also fair to say that it is far far too early to call him the "mindful backup point guard of the future."
I get that the national media doesn't really like the small market Jazz, and I'm probably a bit overly sensitive to the criticism that the Jazz have received this offseason, but nonetheless this just seemed like a cheap shot when the whole point of the article was to talk about Derrick Favors and his future potential.
I guess if nothing else, chalk Kelly Dwyer up on the list of those who will be eating their words should the F5 of the Jazz pan out the way that so many of us think they will.