Utah’s Trey Burke Reveals All of His Tattoos

Trey Burke finished his rookie season with the Utah Jazz and is preparing for his sophomore campaign this summer. He came into the league as a decorated college player and made an immediate impact for the Jazz.

NBA players have embraced tattoo culture over the past few decades and more players come into the league with tattoos each season. In the video above, Burke details the art and meaning behind each piece. 

 

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Trey Burke relives March Madness with game-winner

Trey Burke sank the Orlando Magic in the same fashion he sank the Kansas Jayhawks.

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Utah Jazz Guard Trey Burke Nails Game-Winning Baseline 3 to Beat Orlando Magic

The 2013-14 season has been one to forget for the Utah Jazz, who have already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. But even the lowliest club will have its moment of glory, as rookie point guard trey Burke demonstrated with this astonishing last-second three-pointer to beat the Orlando Magic.

Credit on the play should go not only to Burke, but also to small forward Gordon Hayward, who masterfully drew in the defense and kicked out the ball to his teammate for the winning shot.

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Mississippi’s Marshall Henderson Matches SEC Record with 60-Game Trey Streak

With 17:32 remaining in the first half of Saturday’s 75-71 loss to the No. 2 Florida Gators, Mississippi guard Marshall Henderson matched an SEC record by making a three-point shot in 60 consecutive games.

Known for his trigger-happy style, Henderson had 21 points and made five of 11 three-point attempts by halftime of Saturday’s game. His huge first half kept Ole Miss afloat, and the Rebels entered halftime tied 42-42 with a Florida team that has won a school-record 19 consecutive games.

The Gators were ultimately too much for Henderson, who scored just one point in the second half and missed all five of his shots from beyond the arc. The senior guard’s 16 three-point attempts—an insane number for nearly any other player—actually weren’t too far removed from his season average of 12.3 three-point attempts per game.

Since transferring to Ole Miss from Utah for the 2012-13 season, Henderson has made multiple three-pointers in all but one of his games for the Rebels. The senior guard was the center of the college basketball world at one point last season, after he led Ole Miss to an SEC Championship win over Florida, then memorably stood on the scorer’s table to do a “Gator Chomp”.

The Gators undoubtedly remembered that moment and likely took a bit of extra satisfaction in beating Henderson on Saturday. More importantly, Florida remained unbeaten in the SEC, while the No. 1 Syracuse Orange lost a pair of ACC matchups this week. Monday’s AP rankings should have the Gators on top.

Meanwhile, Henderson’s Rebels (16-11, 7-7 SEC) don’t appear to have a tournament-worthy resume. They’ll probably need to get hot in the SEC tournament again, and that won’t happen unless Henderson is firing on all cylinders.

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Damian Lillard, Trey Burke win Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Damian Lillard’s five-event All-Star Weekend was off to a great start.

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Which Top NBA Draft Prospect Would Fit Best with Trey Burke and Derrick Favors?

For the Utah Jazz, losses adding up also means ping pong balls adding up.

After losing 117-94 to the Miami Heat on Monday night, the Jazz now have a league-high 21 losses and are on the fast track to a top pick in the star-studded 2014 draft.

The current record of 6-21 would suggest that top pick will be headed to a bad situation, but he might actually be the final piece to a puzzle already teeming with young talent.

During the loss to the Heat, ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh had this to say about the bunch:

Alec Burks and Enes Kanter looked great Monday night, and Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke and Derrick Favors have all had showcase games over the course of this season.

Consistency is the problem right now, but that was expected. All five of these guys are 23 or younger and playing in featured roles for the first time in their NBA careers.

Once they overcome some of the growing pains and develop some chemistry, games like those listed above will become more common. I’m not saying they’ll average those kind of numbers, but they’ve all shown they’re capable of great production.

So the key to the 2014 draft for Utah is selecting someone who blends with all the talent already on the roster. And there are three prospects in this class who could be the perfect fit.

 

Jabari Parker, SF/PF

Duke’s Jabari Parker could be plugged in at small forward and contribute for the Jazz right now. Offense is his forte, and this is a team in need of a go-to scorer.

Hayward is occupying the role this season, but he’s struggling with it. His team-leading 16.9 points a game looks a little less appealing when you consider that he’s posting career worsts in both field-goal (40.5) and three-point (26.3) percentage.

He’d be more effective in support of a dynamic scorer like Parker. That’s essentially what he did last season when he shot 41.5 percent from three-point range spotting up on the wing opposite of where Al Jefferson played in the post.

Wherever Parker goes, he’ll command that kind of attention.

Monday night, he scored 21 points against Gardner-Webb, giving him eight 20-point games on the young season.

He’s averaging 22.1 points while shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from three-point range.

And these aren’t a bunch of easy looks. Just watch how many contested shots he hit against Andrew Wiggins and Kansas. 

If the Jazz land Parker, his immense offensive talent will take so much pressure off all five of the other core guys.

Defenses might not be able to put their best wing defenders on Hayward. They’ll think twice about doubling down against Favors or Kanter. And they’ll be more wary of collapsing on Burke or Burks when they get to the lane.  

And Parker’s versatility will allow Utah to deploy a variety of lineups. He’ll almost certainly be a wing in the NBA, but he’s currently dominating the college game as a power forward (and occasionally as a center).

Because of that ability to play inside, Bleacher Report’s draft guru Jonathan Wasserman recently declared Parker the most complete prospect in this class, saying: 

There really isn’t a more complete prospect in the country right now. Offensively, he’s got the outside game, where he can play off the ball or create his own shot on it. He can separate off the dribble and score on the move, as well as push in transition and put pressure on the defense. 

And now, we’ve seen it all. Parker’s post game was too much for Michigan to handle, even if it didn’t result in another 20-point scoring effort. He was still able to impact the game on every possession without putting up points in volume.

Parker would be a matchup nightmare at the 4 (a juiced up version of what the Jazz currently have with Marvin Williams). And Utah could spread the floor around him with shooters like Burke and Hayward.

So from a basketball perspective, this match is as compatible as Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson. Throw in the fact that he’d be instantly embraced as a cultural icon in Utah due to his Mormon faith and this is a no-brainer.

 

Dante Exum, PG/SG

Yes, Trey Burke looks like he can be Utah’s point guard of the future. He’s great at taking care of the ball, and it looks like he can shoot the three.

But the intrigue around Dante Exum might be too much to pass up, and there’s a chance that the 6’6″ guard could spend time on the floor with Burke.

Following the Nike Hoop Summit in April, Draft Express’s Matt Kamalsky talked about Exum‘s ability to play both guard positions: 

A 6’6 guard with 6’9 wingspan who appears to have added some 10 pounds of muscle to his frame since last summer, Exum stood out immediately with his speed, fluidity and ball-handling ability. Accustomed to playing the point guard position at the junior level, the strong play of floor general Dennis Schroder required Exum to adapt playing off the ball this week –a challenge he accepted without a second thought in an effort to put his team in the best position to win.

And winning is something he’s done plenty of since exploding onto the scene of the 2014 draft class.

In August, he led Australia to a bronze medal at the FIBA U-19 World Championships while averaging 18.2 points and 3.8 assists a game. 

And this month, his Lakers of Lake Ginninderra College won the national schools championship in Australia. According to Lee Gaskin of the Sydney Morning HeraldExum dropped 15 dimes in the title game.

Afterward, he said, “I knew coming into this tournament there was going to be a lot of attention towards me, but I just wanted to come out and get my teammates involved because that’s what basketball’s about.”

A 6’6″ high schooler who can happily drop that many assists in a single game conjures up visions of a young Penny Hardaway or Magic Johnson.

 

Andrew Wiggins, SF/SG

Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins is the “can’t-miss” prospect who still hasn’t sold me.

My main concern is Wiggins’ lack of a killer instinct. He spends pretty long portions of games looking disengaged or disinterested.

The fact that he’s still averaging 15.9 points and 5.9 rebounds a game is a testament to his great talent. If he was locked in for all of the 30.1 minutes he plays per game, he could comfortably average 20 points.

A franchise player should possess the kind of competitive fire that drives guys like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, and right now it looks like Wiggins’ flame is in need of a bellows. 

None of this is to say that landing Wiggins would be a bad thing, though.

He is immensely gifted (particularly athletically) and brimming with potential. If his competitiveness and skill catches up with his physical tools, he has the potential to be a franchise star.

As such, he’d fit well alongside Utah’s franchise point guard Burke and its franchise big man Derrick Favors.

 

What if the Jazz Don’t Land a Top-Five Pick?

Parker, Wiggins and Exum all figure to be among the very first names announced on draft night, and the lottery format of the NBA draft means there’s no guarantee Utah will have one of those top picks.

Even if the Jazz finish with one of the worst records in the league, fate and bouncing balls could move them down the board.

If that’s the case, predicting who Utah would take becomes much more difficult. Assuming the Jazz go with need, small forwards would be in play for them late in the lottery.

Creighton’s Doug McDermott would be a fantastic floor spacer from that position. He’s averaging 25.3 points and shooting 45.3 percent from three-point range.

Duke’s Rodney Hood or Kentucky’s James Young could be other options.

Whomever Utah lands should be heading into a better situation than most lottery picks due to the amount of talent with which he’ll immediately be surrounded.

He won’t have to immediately be a franchise savior, just a very important piece to a puzzle that’s already coming together. 

 

All stats courtesy of Sports-Reference or NBA.com unless otherwise noted, and are current as of Dec. 16, 2013.

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Rookie Trey Burke delivers on NCAA hype for Utah Jazz

Trey Burke sat out of the first 12 games with a broken finger but benefited from it.

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Can Trey Burke’s Return Get the Utah Jazz Back on Track?

Turning around a 2-14 team is a lot to ask of a rookie point guard. Especially when said rookie has essentially done nothing to show that he can make the leap to the NBA.

That’s the situation in which Trey Burke and the Utah Jazz find themselves.

Neither the player nor the team was expected to be great or even good this season. Yet, somehow, both are still floundering well short of offseason expectations.

The Jazz aren’t just bad, they’re historically bad. In NBA history, there have been three teams that have averaged less than 89 points per game while giving up more than 99: the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets, the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats and the 2013-14 Utah Jazz.

Sadly, Burke hasn’t been much better. In the summer league, against NBA hopefuls, Burke averaged 8.8 points while shooting 24.1 percent from the field. In the preseason, that percentage skyrocketed to a whopping 30. Now in the regular season, Burke is shooting 33.3 percent in his four appearances.

I guess the progress is at least a little promising. However, if you actually watch the Jazz play and don’t scratch your head over Burke’s shot selection, you’re probably more forgiving than you should be.

All the pre-draft worries that surrounded Burke are coming to life and haunting the Jazz like the zombies on The Walking Dead.

At 6’1″, Burke is slightly undersized for an NBA point guard. That becomes painfully evident when he makes it to the rim on drives. Around big men at this level, he’s almost entirely incapable of getting a clean look. Heck, even against Kirk Hinrich Monday night, he was often unable to finish.

On top of that, it’s pretty tough for him to get to the rim in the first place. Because he lacks top-flight explosiveness, Burke’s drives are often cut off shortly after they begin. When that happens, he throws up a contested jump shot rather than reverse the ball to the other side.

As a result, Burke has taken twice as many shots outside of eight feet (28) as he has within that range (14), and he’s just 7-of-28 on those attempts.

Maybe this is all overly critical, but the facts are the facts.

Not to say that Burke can’t improve. Obviously, he can. Experts and analysts who’ve never played basketball at the highest level putting an arbitrary cap on a player’s potential is one of the silliest things in sports.

But right now, to expect him to lift this team (or vice versa) seems like a pretty big stretch.

It’s going to take more than any one player to get the Jazz on track. In fact, it would take all of them—playing to their specific individual strengths.

Right now, few, if any Jazz players are doing that. And that’s a coaching thing.

Gordon Hayward is not a No. 1 scoring option. They’ve tried it out, and it’s not working. As the primary scorer, Hayward is posting career lows in both field-goal (38.8) and three-point percentage (30.8).

The other 2013-14 Hayward experiment is working though. As a distributor, he’s excellent. Hayward has topped 10 assists three times this season, and the Jazz are 2-1 in those games.

He needs to focus more on creating for others and get his field-goal attempts down to around 10-11 a game like last season.

Derrick Favors needs to focus on rebounding and defense and take his offense as it comes to him through offensive rebounds, running the ball and general hustle—much like Kenneth Faried or Jordan Hill.

Enes Kanter is one of the only guys who is playing to his strengths. He’s the most skilled and consistent scorer on the team. He just needs the ball more.

Right now, he’s having to get a big chunk of his offense by attacking the boards. He’s 10th in the NBA in second-chance points at 3.9 a game. But when he does get the ball in traditional post-ups, he’s effective. He has great touch on his mid-range jump shot and excellent footwork around the rim.

As for Burke, there really is no telling what his biggest strength is at this level. He hasn’t flashed it yet.

Once he does, it will only be part of the equation.

 

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference or NBA.com unless otherwise noted, and are current as of Nov. 26, 2013.

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Trey Burke Scores 11 Points in 12 Minutes in NBA Debut

The Utah Jazz dropped to an NBA-worst 1-12 on Wednesday night with a 105-98 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Maybe it would be nice if the fans in Utah got some good news for a change…news that doesn’t include the words “strong 2014 draft class.”

Well good news, Utahans, because you now have a chance to watch a high draft pick before 2014!

His name is Trey Burke, and he was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft after leading the University of Michigan to the Final Four and winning the John R. Wooden Award as national collegiate player of the year. Now that sounds like the kind of guy a 1-12 team could use!

Burke fractured his finger in the preseason, costing him the chance to play in the first few weeks of the season. He played in Wednesday’s game with his finger taped. 

While he didn’t lead the Jazz to victory in his debut, he did post of solid line in his 12 minutes of playing time: 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting with one assist, rebound and steal against zero turnovers. 

The Jazz could really use some help in the backcourt, and a strong rookie season from Burke could help them take some of the sting out of a horrendous start to the season. Still, his Jazz teammates weren’t above having a little fun with the rookie.

The Jazz have a history of developing guards, and Burke will look to join the likes of John Stockton and Deron Williams as he kicks off his career by the Great Salt Lake.

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Jazz rookie Trey Burke set to make NBA debut

Utah Jazz star rookie point guard Trey Burke will make his highly anticipated debut tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans. Burke, who suffered a broken right index finger during a preseason game against the Clippers, is the 2013 NCAA player of the year. He will most likely see limited minutes for the struggling Utah Jazz as they will reportedly look to ease him back from his injury. “I’m ready to go,” Burke said. “It’s my debut. It’s my first official NBA game, and I’m excited,” Burke continued. “I just plan on going out there, making plays for the team and helping them win.” Burke said he learned two primary things while sitting out for nearly six weeks the faster pace of the NBA game and that in order to be successful you must be confident. He said that was lacking when he struggled during summer league. “I think that’s the biggest thing for me, learning the pace, leanring when to attack, learning when to set the offense up,” Burke said. “Just watching guys like Tony Parker an

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