Burke averaged 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in two years at Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game in April.
The draft gives the Jazz the exciting point guard they were looking for to play alongside a young core of players that includes Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
The Jazz added highly regarded talent at two positions at which they were thin.
After a 43-39 season, point guards Mo Williams, Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley will all head into free agency at midnight Sunday. In the frontcourt, the Jazz are anchored by Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, but lacked rotational players.
Lindsey said credit for Burke’s arrival, in large part, went to coach Tyrone Corbin, who was in his ear, saying Burke’s ability on the pick-and-roll, his shooting and leadership were qualities the Jazz needed.
As for whether he would be expected to start, Corbin was evasive, even though as of July 1 Burke will be the only point guard on the roster.
"One of the things that everybody will start doing," Corbin said, "they’ll look at our roster and immediately think he will start. ... He has an opportunity to be one of the guys that starts the game for us."
The Jazz worked out 67 prospects in preparation for the draft, but Burke was not one of them. The Columbus, Ohio, native was projected in some mock drafts to go as high as No. 2 to Orlando. However, when the Detroit Pistons selected Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Burke said he "got a little nervous ... because I didn’t really work out for any teams after that."
Gobert, from Saint Quentin, France, has a 7-foot-9 wingspan and, while raw, was projected by many to go higher in the first round. He turned 21 on Wednesday.
"We had some heartburn when we gave up both picks [in the trade for Burke]," Lindsey said, "because there were good players at 21, Rudy being one of them."
The GM described Gobert as "unique with his length" and the amount he cares.
"He’s not in it because he’s tall," Lindsey said. "He’s in it because he competes."« Previous Page Next Page »