ORLANDO, Fla. -- Rookie of the year awards are not decided on the opening day of Orlando Pro Summer League. That's a good thing.
While Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Philadelphia's Michael Carrter-Williams were putting impressive stat lines, here was Trey Burke enduring an ugly shooting effort in a downright snobberknocker of a game even by summer league standards.
But Burke was doing what point guards having bad shooting nights are supposed to be doing - running the offense and finding a way to win. The Jazz summer league squad did that with a 69-59 victory over the Miami Heat Sunday afternoon at the Amway Center practice facility.
One of 12 from the field. Ouch. The Jazz won, though, and finished the first day leading the 10-team league under the CBA-style scoring format that includes quarters won.
"We're 1-0. That's what matters," said Burke, considered the early front runner for the 2014 NBA rookie of the year honors and one of the cornerstones for what appears to be rebuilding effort. "There's no excuse for 1-12 - the shots will fall eventually."
The rest of Burke's stat line: seven rebounds, five assists and only two turnovers in 32 minutes.
It was the things that don't make the stat sheet that the Jazz coaches liked.
Burke has picked up the offense and ran it well. He provided leadership and was in command in the fourth quarter after the Heat had cut a 14-point deficit down to two points. Two of those five assists went to Jeremy Evans and fellow rookie Rudy Gobert -- whose 7-foot-9 wing span will make a big difference down low -- as Utah closed the game in the final minutes.
"It's not all about scoring," Burke said. "I have to be a leader and find ways to get going."
Jazz assistant Sydney Lowe likes how Burke has picked up the system during the mini-camp that started last week.
"You can tell he's a point guard," Lowe said. "When you play that position, you don't have to shoot the ball to be successful. You have to get the team in the offense. You have to defend well. You can't let it define you if you're not making shots."
Third-year player Gordon Hayward, even though he's not playing, decided to make the trip to Orlando to check out Burke and the rest of the Jazz newcomers after last week's storm of trades. He could relate to Burke's opening shooting struggle.
"First-game jitters," Hayward said. "I had them. But You can see when he's out there he's calm. It didn't seem like he got rattled too much and that's definitely a good sign"
Burke just wants to move on.
"We have another game Tuesday," Burke said. "I want to embrace the moment of wearing an NBA jersey, but I want to get better."
While Burke struggled, other rookies who may be key to rebuilding efforts -- Philadelphia's Carter-Williams, Orlando Oladipo and Boston's Kelly Olynyk posted impressive stat lines.
Carter-Williams, the former Syracuse star, had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the 76ers' 88-80 loss to the Houston Rockets. Oladipo, the second overall pick from Indiana, scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half in a 95-88 win over the Boston Celtics, who had a game-high 25 points from Olynyk, the former Gonzaga standout.
JAZZ NOTES: Dionte Christmas led the Jazz with 14 while Chris Roberts added 11 ... Alec Burks had 10 points in 10 minutes before exiting the game early with a mild left ankle sprain .. With DeMarre Carroll gone, Burke will actively seek to wear the now-available number three jersey ...
Hayward, who will remain in Orlando until Tuesday, said he didn't get a chance to talk to his former Butler coach Brad Stevens, who was in town watching his new Boston Celtic team. "I waved `Hi' to him across the court," Hayward said.