January 6, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) is defended by Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Grizzlies 94-85. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

OJ Mayo vs Alec Burks

I reported yesterday that the Jazz might push hard for OJ Mayo, but that they should NOT do that as they have a guy that is going to surprise many (not Bill Simmons).  That guy is Alec Burks.  Looking deeper into the two guys per 36 minutes the numbers look like this:

OJ Mayo 15.5 pts, 3.4 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.1 spg, .4 bpg on 44.9% shooting

Alec Burks 14.3 pts, 4.4 rpg, 3,6 apg, 1.1 spg, .4 bpg on 43.2% shooting

The Mavericks actually had plays for OJ Mayo where with Burks the Jazz didn’t.  In the second half of the season Burks also produced a lot more while shooting a much higher percentage than the first half of the year.  Having Burks be a focal point of the offense would also allow him to do what he is best at which is driving to the basket and getting fouled which is what all-stars do consistently on a night-to-night basis.

In fact per 36 minutes Burks is averaging 4 free throws a game and that was when he just came down the court and passed the ball.  Running the offense through him and Hayward next year (all signs point towards that) will have Burks averaging a lot more of everything and being more efficient on the floor.  We already know what Mayo gives you by his numbers above but the ceiling with Burks hasn’t even been grazed yet.

Again if I’m playing GM or head coach I’d like to see Burks have a much bigger role going forward at least for one year to see if he can be what I think he is.  Of course Jazz fans would love that too.  Play the man!

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