Have We Forgotten About Alec Burks?
St. George, Utah—5:29 P.M.
Derrick Favors. Gordon Hayward. Enes Kanter. Trey Burke. All touted components of the young Jazz core, but who’s missing?
15.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals per-36 minutes—the projected stats for our missing player: Alec Burks.
It seems as if every other player of the “Core Four” or “‘Hive Five” is covered and evaluated to a fault. But, as for Alec Burks, it’s extremely difficult to find content to satisfy.
Coming out of the University of Colorado after his sophomore year, Alec Burks was given a projected range that spanned 4th-10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery while drawing comparisons to Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
He did, in fact, come in to work out for the Utah Jazz, personally, once during the months leading up to the draft. The Jazz, of course, held the 3rd and 12th overall picks in 2011.
As draft night arrived, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams’ names were called, and the Jazz were positioned to select Enes Kanter in the 2011 NBA Draft. From that point on, Alec Burks was a commendable selection for any team.
Picks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 slipped by without David Stern calling his name. Analysts were preaching that the Warriors, with the 11th pick, couldn’t possibly pass on a value like Alec Burks at this point in the lottery. Golden State had different plans, however, and opted to draft Klay Thompson.
In what seemed like a surprising and serendipitous turn of events, the Jazz were handed an opportunity to select shooting guard Alec Burks on a silver platter. The seconds ticked by, and there was eerily still time left on the clock as David Stern walked to the podium:
“With the twelfth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select Alec Burks from the University of Colorado.” Applause reverberated throughout the hall.
Since that exciting night in which the Jazz claimed two more pieces of the “Core Four,” Alec Burks has ridden the pine in two up-and-down, deflating seasons. Playing behind veterans during his rookie and sophomore seasons in the NBA, he has been unable to capture the focus of many. Howver, Alec is primed for a breakout season.
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These highlights are an exciting taste of the repertoire and skill set of a young, athletic shooting guard. Diverging, I pose the question: Have we forgotten about Alec Burks?
Yes, we have.
In all the commotion of losing our big men in free agency, replacing them with Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors, drafting Trey Burke, and, on top of everything, Karl Malone joining the staff, Alec Burks has inadvertently been neglected; and, wrongly so.
With no one above him in the Jazz two-spot hierarchy, Burks is poised to catch the hearts of Jazz fans with stellar play. We have long yearned for an exciting two-guard since the Deron Williams-Carlos Boozer era. Alec can be the player he was drafted to be.
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