Top draft PG? It's Burke over McCollum
May, 16, 2013
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider
Getty Images, USA TODAY SportsTrey Burke is considered the No. 1 point guard available, but C.J. McCollum isn't far behind.If this were the NFL, where the more draft picks a team accumulates the better, a team would think of trading out of the top of this NBA draft because there is no surefire future All-Star. There is enough depth at a couple of positions, including point guard, that a quality future rotation player can be had as deep as the middle of the second round.
Michigan's Trey Burke is, for most teams, the best point guard in this draft. While he is coming off a fabulous sophomore season at Michigan, he is not considered on the same level as recent high picks like Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose and John Wall.
Because Burke will be selected by a team in the lottery that will have a specific need for the position, he has a chance to have the same impact that the Blazers' Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard had this season. Burke will likely start immediately, but I am not sure even he and his great will to win can affect a team's improvement right away.
While a number of point guards are on Burke's heels, including Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams and German Dennis Schroeder, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum, because of his prolific career before an injury sidelined him in early January, would be my candidate to be selected next.
McCollum, in fact, is getting some timely help from the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, as some NBA teams see the comparison of a small school scoring point guard who made the transition rather seamlessly. Those teams are hoping lightning strikes twice.
Let's compare the two players, with Burke being the favorite to go first but McCollum being a nice alternative later in the first round.