One day after his ESPN Insider colleague Chad Ford had the Orlando Magic selecting Marcus Smart with the second pick in an NBA mock draft, analyst Amin Elhassan writes that Michigan Wolverines point guard Trey Burke, not Smart, is the "best fit" for Orlando.
"Burke would provide a significant boost on the offensive end as both a playmaker and decision-maker," says Elhassan. "One of the things that impressed me over his college career was his ability to remain poised and not lose control. Burke's dribble-penetration skills, coupled with his strength and ability to finish at the rim, will force defenses to react, allowing him to set up teammates who are more adept at finishing plays."
Elhassan praises the Magic's rebuild for creating "a culture of character, hard work and effort," but notes that they need "a motor for their offense," a motor which Burke can provide.
Burke earned consensus All-American First Team honors for his performance as a sophomore, a season in which he averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 1.6 steals. He shot 46.3 percent from the floor and 38.4 percent from three-point distance.