Perhaps the shine Burke received from Michigan’s deep tournament run is starting to wear off. Burke’s athletic testing results highlighted what many NBA scouts have feared, that he lacks the lateral quickness usually associated with elite NBA point guards. The Magic and Pelicans are both really interested, but if both go in a different direction, he could slide out of the top 10.
If the Magic pass on Burke at No. 2, he could slip. The next three teams – Wizards (John Wall), Bobcats (Kemba Walker) and Phoenix Suns (Goran Dragic) – have young point guards they seem to like. The Pelicans, picking at No. 6, might take Burke, but Greivis Vasquez had a very good season, and they drafted Austin Rivers and called him a point guard for a reason (though I’m not sure what it is).
I just can’t see the Kings at No. 7 passing on Burke, though I’d be ecstatic if they did.
But Burke falling out of the top 10? He better not get past the Pistons unless they draft Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore instead. Unfortunately, I still believe all five of those players will be off the board before Detroit picks.
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