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Utah Jazz V Detroit Pistons Is A Match-Up Of First Round Picks

Dec 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks talks with point guard Brandon Jennings (7) and shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (5) during the second quarter of their 107-106 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

It was one of the more controversial moves of the 2013 NBA Draft.  The Detroit Pistons passed on Michigan Guard Trey Burke to take Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a move that was not popular with Pistons fans. Burke ended up being drafted two picks later by the Minnesota Timberwolves and later traded to the Utah Jazz.

When Utah Jazz take the floor at the Palace Friday night, it will be impossible not to compare the two players.  Trey Burke has instantly become the leader on the Utah Jazz.  The clutch play he was known for at Michigan has carried over to the NBA and Burke has turned out to be the franchise player a lottery pick should be.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has had a decent rookie campaign but nowhere near that of  Burke.

The game against the Jazz is as much of a must win game as a mid-season game can be.  The Pistons have won their last two games but are well below .500 and struggling to hold on to the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Trey Burke could come into the palace and light up the score board and rip Piston fans hearts out. If that happens old questions about the Pistons draft will resurface and the comparisons between Burke and Caldwell-Pope will begin again.

Such comparisons can damage the confidence of a rookie still trying to find a consistent level of play in the NBA.

Such comparisons could also turn up the heat on the already warm seat Joe Dumars is sitting in.

Topics: Detroit Pistons, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Trey Burke

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