COMMENTARY | Let's play the "Which point guard would you rather have?" game.
Player A: 29.4 MP, 9.2 PPG, 4.3 APG, 2 TOV, 41.9 FG%, 32.3 3P%
Player B: 30.8 MP, 12.6 PPG, 5.6 APG, 1.9 TOV, 37.1 FG%, 33.9 3P%
Easy, right? You're going with the guy who gets about three points and one assist more per game.
Ready to find out who you chose?
Player A: Tony Parker, circa 2002
Player B: Trey Burke
What does it mean?
Wanting to know what the Utah Jazz can expect from Burke down the road, I rounded up a few players who are (a) similar to him in size -- FYI: Burke is 6-1, 190 -- (b) similar in style and (c) had similar rookie seasons statistically.
As you read a few paragraphs ago, Parker, who is extremely close to Burke in both size (6-2, 185) and style (struggles with range, but excels with the pick-and-roll), played almost the same amount of time per game as Burke during his first year in the league, and while he registered a slightly better field-goal percentage, his scoring and assist averages were a tad lower than those of his American counterpart.
Does that mean that Burke could eventually morph into a player like today's Parker?
It's not impossible.
But before Jazz fans get too excited, let's look at three other players who compare with Burke.
D.J. Augustin | 6-0, 183
Augustin, who like Burke was a ninth overall draft pick, didn't start regularly as a rookie, but he did put together a solid first season. As a Charlotte Bobcat, Augustin collected 11.8 points and 3.5 assists per game on 43 percent shooting, including 43.9 from 3-point range. Two years later, he scored 14.4 points per game in 82 starts. But since that time, his shooting has dipped, and he's returned to being a backup.
Mike Bibby | 6-1, 190
Burke and Bibby share the exact same height and weight, according to Basketball Reference, but that's not the only thing the two have in common. Both were also elite college players who led their respective teams, Michigan and Arizona, to the NCAA championship. Furthermore, Bibby's rookie numbers are very similar to those of Burke. As a Vancouver Grizzly, Bibby averaged 13.2 points and 6.5 assists on 43 percent shooting -- 20.3 from downtown.
Mike Conley | 6-1, 185
Like Burke, Conley entered the draft early (after his freshman year at Ohio State), became a lottery pick (No. 4) and then started for a bad team (the 2007-08 Memphis Grizzlies). In his inaugural season, he played 26.1 minutes per game, scoring 9.4 points and handing out 4.2 assists.
Who will it be?
It's hard to say which of these players Burke will resemble the most going forward. There are a number of uncontrollable factors that could affect his development (e.g., coaches and teammates). Obviously, Parker and Augustin represent the best- and worst-case scenarios, respectively. Perhaps he'll land somewhere in the middle and take after Conley -- an above-average starter who's not quite an All-Star.
One thing's for sure: Burke seems to be on track to be a very productive player.
Jared Bray is a regular contributor for Yahoo Sports covering the Utah Jazz. He's also the Utah correspondent for Balitang America, a nightly news program of The Filipino Channel.
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