(NEW YORK) — As NBA teams are jockeying for playoff position, some are in a battle for the bottom of the standings in order to ensure themselves a higher draft pick. Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke is upset that some of their fans want the team to lose games just for the draft lottery.
“I think that’s just selfish for a fan,” Burke said, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. “We play hard, practice hard every single day. Why would we go out there and try to lose? I just think wherever we do land in the lottery, that will be great for us. But to try to tank games and lose games is just absurd.”
With 11 games left in their season, the Jazz have the fourth-worst record in the league.
On Saturday, rookie point guard Burke nailed a game-winning 3-pointer to give the Jazz their 23rd win of the season. Some fans booed Burke as he nailed the shot.
Burke was the ninth pick in this past year’s draft by the Jazz. In 59 games, the 21-year-old Burke is averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists per game.
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Jill Martin, CNN