Michigan's Trey Burke having historic offensive season, 13 points shy of 1,000
Or, maybe he's not. Just ask Indiana's Victor Oladipo.
But wherever you stand with regard to Burke's player of the year credentials, there's absolutely no denying the fact that he's having a historic offensive season.
Burke's currently tied for the national lead in individual offensive rating, a stat developed by hoops statistician Dean Oliver that calculates a player's points scored per 100 individual possessions.
The Michigan sophomore point guard currently holds an offensive rating of 128.0, which is not just No. 1 overall nationally (along with Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk), but the best total rating of any player since at least 2005, according to statistician Ken Pomeroy. Pomery's archives do not extend prior to 2005.
On top of that, according to research done by Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn, only six players since 2005 have had an offensive rating of 125 or better while finishing at least 25 percent of his team's possessions (by scoring).
Burke's offensive rating of 128 and his overall possession usage of 28.3 is No. 1 on that list as well.
All of this basically means, statistically, there is no other player in America more valuable offensively than Burke is to Michigan.
These numbers too complex?
In a more traditional sense, Burke is just 13 points shy of becoming the 47th member of Michigan's 1,000-point club. On top of that, when he reaches that milestone, he'll be just the 13th player in school history to break the 1,000-point mark in just two years' time.
The other members of that list are: Jalen Rose, Mike McGee, Chris Webber, Rudy Tomjanovich, Cazzie Russell, Louis Bullock, Bill Buntin, Manny Harris, Phil Hubbard, Rickey Green, Campy Russell and Henry Wilmore.
Webber and Bullock's numbers have been asterisked by Michigan for their involvement in the Ed Martin recruiting scandal.
Additionally, if Burke maintains his assist per game average (6.9) he'll set Michigan's single-season record in that category. He's also on pace to break Darius Morris' single-season assist mark of 235, if Michigan can manage to play 35 games (there are 31 regular season games). He currently has 335 assists for his career.
If the season ended today, Burke's 179 assists would be the sixth-best single-season total in school history. Also, if Michigan makes a decent NCAA tournament run, Burke has a solid shot at becoming just the seventh player in school history to record 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career.
And, he's not yet done with his sophomore season.
In other words: Enjoy the ride.
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