In hindsight, Joe Dumars was probably right taking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope over Trey Burke
After playing well as a rookie, Burke's numbers across the board are down and he hasn't always started. On Monday, Burke compounded a 4-for-22 shooting night against Minnesota by ignoring Jazz coach Quin Synder's instructions to a shoot a 3-pointer by taking a layup with his team down by three during the waning seconds. He made the shot, but it was essentially worthless. He apologized to his teammates afterward.
If KCP ends up being a better NBA player than Burke - and it seems likely at this stage - it will hardly be vindication for the Dumars' final years in the Pistons' front office.
But it would be twist, one certainly not anticipated at the time of Dumars' departure.
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