March 23, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) dribbles around Denver Nuggets small forward Corey Brewer (13) during the second half at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Nuggets 121-102. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Don't Sleep on Alec Burks

This off-season the Utah Jazz made headlines multiple times.  The first of those was when they traded the 14th and 21st pick with the Minnesota Timberwolves to move up to the 9th spot to draft Trey Burke.   That was and has been the talk now for 2 months.  Then shortly after that the Jazz let both big men go and did a trade with the Warriors to basically take on salary of overpaid players.  This automatically got the reaction that Utah was tanking this next season and trying for Andrew Wiggins.

Then Hayward and Favors played in the USA game and looked good.  Earlier the Jazz hired the Mailman to coach Favors and Kanter and the other big men and get them in tip top shape.  After all of these things very few people and fans have been talking about Alec Burks.  It’s not that he isn’t part of the “Core 4″ or “Core 5″ if it’s called that now, but more because the other 4 have really gotten out there to gain the attention of the media.

That can play really well into how Alec is conceived this year by the public as he can make waves by being a better than last year starting shooting guard.  Alec is the wild card on the Jazz and nobody knows exactly what his ceiling or his floor is.  He has the ability to get in the lane and score with the best of them around the basket.  He has an array of layups that he makes look very easy but yet are more difficult than maybe any shot in the game. His ability to get to the free throw line is the best on the Jazz and could help him to lead Utah in scoring this year.

My point is that Alec has talent and even though as fans or media that we haven’t really heard his name, don’t be surprised if his name is the one Jazz fans are chanting one week into the season.  As the attention has been put on Hayward and Favors as the leaders and on new rookie Trey Burke, both 3rd year guys Enes Kanter and Alec Burks can fly under the radar and make headlines by being the guys that lead the Jazz in play on the court.

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