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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Blue Guard Deonte Burton

By Jake Winderman | July 18, 2018

Player: Deonte Burton

College: Marquette (2013-2015), Iowa State (2015-2017)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 250 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Oklahoma City Thunder/Oklahoma City Blue

College Breakdown: Deonte Burton played four years of NCAA basketball, competing his freshman and sophomore years with Marquette University and finishing his career at Iowa State, alongside two-way players Naz Mitrou-Long and Monte Morris. Burton had a breakout senior campaign during the 2016-2017 NCAA season, averaging a career-high 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game on 45.6-percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Burton ranked 4th in the Big 12 in steals during his senior season, 6th in shots made, 7th in blocks per game, 9th in points per game and 10th in field goal percentage. He was named to the AP All-Big 12 Second Team during the 2016-17 season and ranks 11th in Big 12 conference history in career usage percentage. After going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft, Burton spent the 2017-2018 season with Wonju DB Promy of the Korean Basketball League.

Scouting Report: Burton projects as an NBA combo guard with the ability to play both point guard and shooting guard. He has the size to take defenders into the low post and score around the rim and can sink shots from all over the floor. Burton is a tremendous screen-setter as a backcourt player and is built like a football player as a 6-foot-5, 250-pound guard. He excels at getting steals and blocks on the defensive end of the floor and is an all-around impressive on-ball defender.

Organizational Fit: Burton will join a potent Oklahoma City Blue offense that ranked in the Top 5 in 3-pointers made and the Top 10 in points per game in the NBA G League last season. The Blue have a history of developing NBA-ready guards such as Andre Roberson, Shaun Livingston, DeAndre Liggins and Chris Quinn.