The New Orleans Pelicans (that still sounds funny) hit the jackpot last year, winning the lottery and selecting Kentucky big man Anthony Davis. They also held the 10th pick in the draft and took Michigan guard Austin Rivers.
Rivers does not appear to be a natural point guard and had an awful rookie season. Rivers averaged just 6.2 points and 2.1 assists in 23.2 minutes per game and shot only 37.2% from the field.
With Anthony Davis, Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson manning the front court and Eric Gordon scoring on the wing, the Pelicans could use a point guard or a small forward to play alongside Gordon.
Although Greivis Vasquez did a nice job at point guard and Al-Farouq Aminu showed some promise, the Pelicans will likely use this pick to upgrade one of those positions. With the Georgetown’s Otto Porter, Jr. and Inidana’s Victor Oladipo off the board, the Pelicans will go with the top-rated point guard in the draft, Michigan’s Trey Burke.
Burke was the player of the year in college basketball last season, averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while leading Michigan to a spot in the national championship game.
The Pick: Trey Burke, Point Guard, Michigan, 6’1.25, 187 lbs.
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