The 6-1 guard with a 6 –6 wingspan presents a good mid to late 2nd round possibility for the Suns in the mold of Eddie House, Johnny High or Shannon Brown. Based on scouting reports and this writer’s observations, he projects as more effective in the paint than House because of his highlight worthy athleticism. If he’d led his team to more success, he would be projected higher than he is. It’s a good bet he will be more effective from three point range that Brown was.
For more on Burton, check out the following link: http://nbadraft.net/players/deonte-burton
What he gives: He provides scoring from anywhere past half court. He is not a great passer, nor is he particularly interested in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMDzbfskUS0He Burton has the handle and first step to get into the paint. Then he can rise and throw down. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehJYxwJ2MKk
Quote from the player: I think I’m a playmaker. I get to the free throw line. I do a little bit of everything. Whatever the coach needs me to do, whatever role I need to play, you know, that’s what I’m ready for. I’m ready to take that leadership role, and to step into a team and do whatever the coach needs me to do.
If the Suns draft Burton, he will be the first Nevada player they have selected since Johnny High in 1979. High was a spark plug off the bench. Let’s hope history repeats itself with Burton.