Monday, June 24, 2013
Burke or Hardaway - Who has the better NBA career?
I went into a little bit of hibernation from the blog with basketball season ending, but am ready to start things back up this week with the NBA Draft looming and the college football season not too far off.
The big focus of this week is on the 2013 NBA Draft and the future of Michigan guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.
It’s funny how things have changed for both men since the college season ended.
It was a slam-dunk decision for Burke to opt for the NBA Draft, but Hardaway’s decision to leave seemed somewhat questionable.
However, the momentum of both players seems to be turning. Burke will still be a lottery pick, but his stock seems to be sliding. Hardaway started as an expected second-round pick, but is now working his way into the first round and still climbing each day.
ESPN Insider Chad Ford lists Burke as No. 9 on his NBA Draft big board, while Hardaway Jr. has climbed up to a tie for 24th.
Burke is stuck in-between positions, as he is a shooting guard/point guard mixture. Burke will look to score and not just be a floor general, but he still has the skills to run the floor.
Hardaway has been impressive in his workouts, with Ford indicating he could go anywhere from seventh to 27th, but he still is a work in progress.
Hardaway Jr. has the raw talent to be great in the NBA, just like his father. He could be a mid-to-late first round pick that ends up being a huge success for an NBA franchise.
Burke, however, seems to be riding that boom or bust moniker right now. Is he too small? Will his game translate to the NBA level? Can he be a franchise player?Time will tell on both, but here is your chance to share your thoughts on both players.