Jan 9, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) passes the ball as he is defended by Charlotte Bibcats guard Ramon Sessions (7) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Jazz win 112-102. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

John Lucas III Says Alec Burks is Biggest Surprise

Every off-season we wonder as fans who will make the biggest jump from the previous year.  Most media and fans have been talking about Favors taking that jump because of Karl Malone.  Even Hayward and Kanter have been mentioned.  Jeremy has kind of been my choice for biggest improvement.  However, when John Lucas was asked the same question his answer was… Alec Burks.

Alec Burks?!?  That’s awesome!  He said that he didn’t realize how athletic he was and Alec said he had a really great off-season.  It will be exciting to see if Burks has improved since last season in a way that he is ready to play 35 minutes a night if needed.  The Jazz will be hoping this is the case so that these 5 guys can grow together and they won’t have to break it up.

Also it will be interesting to see what parts of Burks game has improved.  If Alec is that athletic (which we’ve already seen glimpses of this) then I want to see if his defense will be improved and his decision making as well.  Hayward will have the ball in his hands the most but if Alec slashes well Hayward and Trey will find him early and often which should open the floor for everyone.

Good to hear something I wasn’t expecting to start training camp and to keep an eye out for.

Watch these highlights to get a glimpse of what we could see nightly if Burks can get close to his potential.


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