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NBA Draft Rumor: All Signs Point to Trey Burke

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With two hours and change to go before the Cleveland Cavaliers select Nerlens Noel/Otto Porter/Victor Oladipo/Anthony Bennett/Alex Len first overall, trade the pick to literally any team in the league, or get caught in an infinite trade rumor fabrication loop that threatens to destroy the universe, a favorite has emerged for the New Orleans Pelicans at #6: Trey Burke.

I'm needless to say ecstatic. Outside of a brief flirtation with the magisterially named Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Burke's been my guy since early May. He's unquestionably the most advanced offensive player in the draft right now, fantastic at creating space and his own shot and maybe even better at threading the perfect pass in the pick and roll (and never turning over, ever). Depending on how enamored you are of Victor Oladipo's defense, Burke's likely the most accomplished overall player in this draft. And for all the talk of his "ceiling" being lower than others', he's still young and has a statistical collegiate resume that arguably bests every star point guard's but Chris Paul.

There's still a lot that can happen over the next couple hours so keep all appendages firmly crossed. We're almost there.