Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke joined some pretty exclusive company in team history on Thursday, May 22 when he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team by NBA sports writers and broadcasters. Other Jazz players named to the first team in years past were Darrell Griffith, Thurl Bailey, Karl Malone, Andrei Kirilenko and Deron Williams.
Burke received 230 votes, good for third-best among the five players selected to the All-Rookie first team. Burke averaged 12.8 points per game and had 5.7 assists in 70 games in his rookie season.
Making the NBA All-Rookie First Team wasn’t the only honor the former Michigan Wolverines star got this year. He also won Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December, January and April and along with Portland Trail Blazers and former Weber State Wildcats star Damian Lillard won the NBA Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend.
To finish the season with a monumental award like this, arguably his most prestigious in his short career, takes some of the sting out of comments Burke made on Instagram last month about a Michigan man with a genetic disorder. (Burke has since apologized to the man and issued a public apology.)
It also helps erase the beginning of the season during which Burke broke his index finger and missed his first month of NBA action due to that injury. The Jazz began the season in his absence abysmally, going 1-14 out of the gate.
By the time Burke had returned and played for any stretch during the season the Jazz had reversed their road to nowhere and had escaped the NBA basement by January.
Burke’s third place finish in NBA All-Rookie First Team voting equals what he received in the Rookie of the Year voting. Other players who were named to the first team include Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams of Philadelphia, Victor Oladipo of Orlando, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and Burke's old backcourt mate at Michigan, Tim Hardaway Jr. of the New York Knicks.