CTrey Burke didn't have the best performance in summer league. He didn't have an average performance in summer league. He had a terrible performance. Now that does not indicate he will have a terrible or mediocre career. But it is disheartening to see the best point guard in the 2013 NBA Draft class have a rough time in summer league. But how bad was his performance in retrospect?
I made a list of the first point guards taken off the board in the last ten drafts. I wanted to go back further but 2004 is the furthest I could go back and find summer league stats. I also wanted to compare apples to apples. I wanted to compare the first point guards taken in every draft. These are supposedly the best of the best not the 2nd best of their draft class, not the 3rd best, but the best of the best. So I am going to compare Trey Burke with the best point guard taken of every draft. It is disingenuous to Trey Burke to compare him to any less. He was billed as the best point guard and so I will compare him as such.
Summer League Stats
|1st Point Guard Taken||Year||Position Taken||FG %||RPG||APG||SPG||PPG|
|Mike Conley, Jr.||2007||#4||36.4%||3.0||5.2||1.0||11.4|
*Lockout prevented summer league and training camp
**Ricky Rubio was selected before Johnny Flynn but never played in a summer league game.
***Played only 2 games. Had right knee tendinitis.
Rookie Year Stats
|Player Name||Draft Year||MPG||FG %||RPG||APG||SPG||PPG|
|Mike Conley, Jr.||2007||26.1||42.8%||2.6||4.2||0.83||9.4|
Top Summer League Performers
The top three summer performances of the last 10 years by the 1st point guard taken were:
- Damian Lillard
- John Wall
- Rajon Rondo
Worst Summer League Performance
The worst summer league performances by the 1st point guard taken were:
- Trey Burke
- Deron Williams
- Shaun Livingston
- Derrick Rose
- 6.5 PPG
- 5.25 APG
- 3.5 RPG