Jan 7, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) shoots during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Mavericks 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz Trade Talk: Alec Burks Vs Gordon Hayward

January 10, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (left) and shooting guard Gordon Hayward (right) warm up prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

In a recent poll we asked people if they had to trade either Alec Burks or Gordon Hayward they selected Alec Burks. With the possibility of a trade coming up names like Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are thrown around liberally, but to create the best case scenario there is also a possibility of the team sacrificing one of its young talents. So I wanted to give the fans a quick view of Alec vs Gordon.

Dec 19 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) takes a shot in the lane against Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Utah 104-84. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

What I wrote about Alec in the trade series of articles:

Point Guard Alec Burks 6ft 6in – This young up and coming talent has shown sparks at time. However for the time being he is more of a role player off the bench. His 3 year $2,111,160.00 salary is more of an asset to the Utah Jazz. Though he may have trade value for teams, the Jazz would most likely not trade him. His trade value – C, value as a player for the Jazz B, likely hood of being traded – C

In his seasons with the Jazz he has not been tapped to start a game, and has averaged about 15.1 minutes per game. His overall field goal percentage at .411 isn’t too shabby since he has made 52 out of 142 shots taken. He is adamantly lacking in the three point area, but he makes up for it with his great free throw average .710. Overall both experts and fans can clearly see Alec Burks upside. However he won’t be my first choice as a starter this next season.

What I wrote about Gordon Hayward in the trade series of articles:

Small Forward Gordon Hayward 6ft 8in – Haywards tremendous upside makes him perfect as a long term solution for the Jazz. In my opinion he is the best all around player on the team. This season he is showing a great deal of confidence and continued growth at the NBA level. His 2 year $2,709,720.00 salary it small compared to what he is going to get when the Jazz resign him. His trade value – A, value as a player for the Jazz – A, likely hood of being traded – F

In his seasons with the Jazz he has been tapped to start 85 games, and has averaged about 24.2 minutes per game. His overall field goal percentage at .453 is fantastic since he has made 605 of the 1,337 shots taken. His three point shooting is a respectable .388 on average. In free throws he has been dominant with an average of .805. Without a doubt Gordon is shaping up to be a fantastic NBA player.

When comparing the two there is no question in my mind that I would prefer to have Gordon going the distance with the Jazz. However in my opinion it would be a huge loss to trade away Alec Burks, given a year or two down the road I can see a very dominant core for the Utah Jazz. Tragically in the end the question comes down to will the Jazz be able to hold onto these tremendous talents in the long term.

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