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NBA Draft 2013 rumor: Trey Burke's stock taking a hit

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Once a potential second-overall pick, a new report indicates that some teams don't even believe Burke is the best point guard on the board.

Trey Burke
Trey Burke
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In the immediate aftermath of the NBA Draft Lottery, when the Orlando Magic secured the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, some analysts and experts regarded Trey Burke as a possibility for Orlando. The Michigan point guard would address an area of need for the Magic, who have an unsettled situation at the position given Jameer Nelson's advancing age, Beno Udrih's free agency, and E'Twaun Moore's uneven performance there.

As the summer has progressed, however, Burke's stock has fallen. In his latest mock draft for NBA.com, Scott Howard-Cooper reports that "[s]ome teams feel he is the No. 2 player, at best, at his position," instead of someone worthy of a second overall selection.

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Howard-Cooper has Orlando selecting Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore second, with Burke falling to the Detroit Pistons at no. 8. "[Q]uestions remain about small guards who don't have a special level of athleticism to compensate for lack of size," he says. The first point guard off Howard-Cooper's board is Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, whom the veteran scribe picks on the Sacramento Kings' behalf at no. 7.

Burke is aware of his uninspiring performance at the NBA Draft Combine, and defended himself by saying game speed differs from testing speed.

Orlando Pinstriped Post readers voted Burke fourth on the Community Draft Board, behind McLemore, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, and Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo.

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