Report: Team USA changed mind on Trey Burke minicamp invitation, asks Michael Carter-Williams instead
But he didn’t appear on the list of 34 players expected to attend the camp.
Jody Genessy of the Deseret News:
FYI, Trey Burke was not formally invited to participate in the USA Basketball mini-camp, according to his camp.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) August 6, 2015
Marc Stein of ESPN, who originally reported Burke’s invitation:
Attending the minicamp is the first step in making the 2016 Olympic roster, but this late swap probably won’t matter. It seems unlikely Burke or Michael Carter-Williams would pass enough of these point guards to reach Rio:
- Stephen Curry
- Chris Paul
- Russell Westbrook
- Kyrie Irving
- John Wall
- Mike Conley
For what it’s worth, Carter-Williams deserved the invitation over Burke. Carter-Williams’ length and defensive versatility provides a dimension those other point guards don’t possess. Burke is just a (far) lesser version of Paul and Irving. When it comes to long shots, the more variance, the better. Carter-Williams’ style provides more variance.
Because neither player had much of an Olympic chance, Burke misses only the experience of playing with these other great players. That could have been useful, especially with him in line to start for the Dante Exum-less Jazz this season.
At least Burke won’t risk injury in Las Vegas next week – though that matters only if you believe Burke won’t be playing basketball elsewhere instead.