NBA Draft 2013: Trey Burke Drafted By Timberwolves, Traded To Jazz

BROOKLYN- With the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft the Minnesota Timberwolves selected PG Trey Burke out of Michigan, as theme of the night went, shortly after he was traded to the Utah Jazz in a deal that sent the picks 14 and 21 back to Minnesota. With those two picks the Timberwolves selected Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA) and Gorgui Dieng (Louisville) adding depth and athleticism to their front court, headlined by Kevin Love. For the Jazz, they’ll receive a point guard in Trey Burke from Michigan, who was the unanimous National Player of the Year in 2013.

Burke is also the first Michigan Wolverine alum to be selected in the Top 10 since Jamal Crawford in 2000. Last year’s starting point guard for Utah, Mo Williams, is an unrestricted free agent this summer, meaning Burke could start right away for the franchise. In the 2012-13 season Burke averaged 18 points, 6.7 assists, and three rebounds per game, but the Wolverines were defeated by the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 NCAA Men’s National Championship.

For the Timberwolves, Muhammad fills the need for a small forward, although the team does have Andrei Kirilenko, 32, Muhammad brings an athletic level of play, and more youth to a team headlined by Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. Although labeled as troubled at times, Muhammad brings talent to the Timberwolves and Dieng brings a defensive force. While the Utah Jazz traded for their point guard of the future, the Timberwolves added rookies who could become key to filling out their roster.

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