NBA History: How many minutes have rookie point guards played over the last decade? How many minutes should Utah Jazz rookie Trey Burke play?

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The Utah Jazz (not tanking, rebuilding!) traded two first round picks this past 2013 NBA Draft for Trey Burke's rights, and we signed him. The Jazz have added only John Lucas III as the only other full-time point guard on the roster. And, well, no one knows how much Trey will play. But we all have different ideas on how much he SHOULD play.

I don't see why he shouldn't play over 30 minutes per game. Some people agree. Some do not. In order to figure out how much he's likely to play I decided to look at the rookie year minutes for every (or just about every) point guard drafted in the last decade. It comes out to about 80 players. It's a long table below. I'm sorry. It's not organized by age, experience, if they were a lotto pick, if they were drafted to a playoff team, or whatever. It's just the player, the team, the season, and their numbers.

Either this information is interesting to you, or not. Either way, if you've read this far down -- you stand to lose little by reading what I have to say after presenting the data.

Season Playoffs Rookie
Player Age Team Year G Mins G Mins MPG
1 Kirk Hinrich 23 Bulls 2003 2004 76 2706 0 0 35.6
2 T.J. Ford 20 Bucks 2003 2004 55 1472 0 0 26.8
3 Steve Blake 23 Wizards 2003 2004 75 1392 0 0 18.6
4 Marcus Banks 22 Celtics 2003 2004 81 1385 4 60 17.0
5 Luke Ridnour 22 Sonics 2003 2004 69 1114 0 0 16.1
6 Mo Williams 21 Jazz 2003 2004 57 772 0 0 13.5
7 Troy Bell 23 Grizzlies 2003 2004 6 34 0 0 5.7
8 Chris Duhon 22 Bulls 2004 2005 82 2177 6 159 26.5
9 Jameer Nelson 22 Magic 2004 2005 79 1612 0 0 20.4
10 Sebastian Telfair 19 Trail Blazers 2004 2005 68 1330 0 0 19.6
11 Devin Harris 21 Mavericks 2004 2005 76 1173 9 80 14.7
12 Beno Udrih 22 Spurs 2004 2005 80 1149 21 241 13.8
13 Shaun Livingston 19 Clippers 2004 2005 30 814 0 0 27.1
14 Royal Ivey 23 Hawks 2004 2005 62 809 0 0 13.0
15 Delonte West 21 Celtics 2004 2005 39 507 7 115 13.5
16 Lionel Chalmers 24 Clippers 2004 2005 36 433 0 0 12.0
17 Antonio Burks 24 Grizzlies 2004 2005 24 219 1 3 8.9
18 Luis Flores 23 Warriors / Nuggets 2004 2005 16 77 0 0 4.8
19 Chris Paul 20 Hornets 2005 2006 78 2808 0 0 36.0
20 Raymond Felton 21 Bobcats 2005 2006 80 2406 0 0 30.1
21 Deron Williams 21 Jazz 2005 2006 80 2307 0 0 28.8
22 Jarrett Jack 22 Trail Blazers 2005 2006 79 1599 0 0 20.2
23 Nate Robinson 21 Knicks 2005 2006 72 1544 0 0 21.4
24 Monta Ellis 20 Warriors 2005 2006 49 886 0 0 18.1
25 Lou Williams 19 76ers 2005 2006 30 145 0 0 4.8
26 Derrick Zimmerman 24 Nets 2005 2006 2 32 0 0 16.0
27 Randy Foye 23 Timberwolves 2006 2007 82 1879 0 0 22.9
28 Rajon Rondo 20 Celtics 2006 2007 78 1831 0 0 23.5
29 Marcus Williams 21 Nets 2006 2007 79 1315 12 78 15.3
30 Jordan Farmar 20 Lakers 2006 2007 72 1090 5 114 15.6
31 Daniel Gibson 20 Cavaliers 2006 2007 60 988 20 402 17.4
32 Sergio Rodriguez 20 Trail Blazers 2006 2007 67 862 0 0 12.9
33 Dee Brown 22 Jazz 2006 2007 49 450 8 52 8.8
34 Quincy Douby 22 Kings 2006 2007 42 359 0 0 8.5
35 Kyle Lowry
20 Grizzlies 2006 2007 10 175 0 0 17.5
36 Will Blalock 23 Pistons 2006 2007 14 166 0 0 11.9
37 Mike Conley 20 Grizzlies 2007 2008 53 1381 0 0 26.1
38 Rodney Stuckey 21 Pistons 2007 2008 57 1081 17 380 19.7
39 Acie Law IV 23 Hawks 2007 2008 56 865 7 61 14.7
40 Javaris Crittenton 20 Lakers / Grizzlies 2007 2008 50 679 0 0 13.6
41 Aaron Brooks 23 Rockets 2007 2008 51 608 6 50 11.5
42 Ramon Sessions 21 Bucks 2007 2008 17 450 0 0 26.5
43 Gabe Pruitt 21 Celtics 2007 2008 15 95 0 0 6.3
44 Derrick Rose 20 Bulls 2008 2009 81 3000 7 313 37.6
45 Russell Westbrook 20 Thunder 2008 2009 82 2668 0 0 32.5
46 Mario Chalmers 22 Heat 2008 2009 82 2626 7 231 32.1
47 Roko Ukic 24 Raptors 2008 2009 72 890 0 0 12.4
48 Goran Dragic 22 Suns 2008 2009 55 728 0 0 13.2
49 Jerryd Bayless 20 Trail Blazers 2008 2009 53 655 2 11 12.1
50 Stephen Curry 21 Warriors 2009 2010 80 2896 0 0 36.2
51 Tyreke Evans 20 Kings 2009 2010 72 2677 0 0 37.2
52 Brandon Jennings 20 Bucks 2009 2010 82 2671 7 249 32.8
53 Jonny Flynn 20 Timberwolves 2009 2010 81 2339 0 0 28.9
54 Darren Collison 22 Hornets 2009 2010 76 2109 0 0 27.8
55 Jrue Holiday 19 76ers 2009 2010 73 1767 0 0 24.2
56 Ty Lawson 22 Nuggets 2009 2010 65 1318 6 118 20.2
57 Eric Maynor 22 Jazz / Thunder 2009 2010 81 1269 6 76 15.5
58 Tony Douglas 23 Knicks 2009 2010 56 1087 0 0 19.4
59 A.J. Price 23 Pacers 2009 2010 56 865 0 0 15.4
60 Jeff Teague 21 Hawks 2009 2010 71 719 9 59 9.7
61 Rodrigue Beaubois 21 Mavericks 2009 2010 56 700 4 31 12.2
62 Patrick Mills 21 Spurs 2009 2010 10 38 3 12 3.8
63 John Wall 20 Wizards 2010 2011 69 2606 0 0 37.8
64 Eric Bledsoe 21 Clippers 2010 2011 81 1841 0 0 22.7
65 Greivis Vasquez 24 Grizzlies 2010 2011 70 860 13 142 12.1
66 Avery Bradley 20 Celtics 2010 2011 31 162 0 0 5.2
67 Andy Rautins 24 Knicks 2010 2011 5 24 0 0 4.8
68 Brandon Knight 20 Pistons 2011 2012 66 2129 0 0 32.3
69 Kemba Walker 21 Bobcats 2011 2012 66 1792 0 0 27.2
70 Isaiah Thomas 22 Kings 2011 2012 65 1656 0 0 25.5
71 Kyrie Irving 19 Cavaliers 2011 2012 51 1558 0 0 30.5
72 Ricky Rubio 21 Timberwolves 2011 2012 41 1404 0 0 34.2
73 Norris Cole 23 Heat 2011 2012 65 1260 19 170 17.0
74 Jimmer Fredette 22 Kings 2011 2012 61 1135 0 0 18.6
75 Shelvin Mack 22 Wizards 2011 2012 64 779 0 0 12.2
76 Nolan Smith 23 Trail Blazers 2011 2012 44 541 0 0 12.3
77 Cory Joseph 20 Spurs 2011 2012 29 266 0 0 9.2
78 Damian Lillard 22 Trail Blazers 2012 2013 82 3167 0 0 38.6
79 Austin Rivers 20 Hornets 2012 2013 61 1418 0 0 23.2
80 Nando De Colo 25 Spurs 2012 2013 72 920 5 14 12.1
81 Kendall Marshall 21 Suns 2012 2013 48 702 0 0 14.6
Total 2003 2013 4,688 100,418 211 3,221 21.2

So, the average is about 21 mpg. That's pretty crazy because this isn't just franchise players (like a Paul, or Rose, or Curry), this includes players who have played 50 or fewer total NBA minutes. The average minutes per season (regular season + playoff combined) falls at 1,279.5 minutes in their rookie year. My goal is to get over 2,000 minutes for Trey this year. If Trey plays in 76 games this year, I'd be cool with close to 2,500 minutes. I'd be overjoyed if it was closer to 34 mpg myself.

But that's just me. Howzaboutyou?

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