Nov 13, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (11) dribbles between Utah Jazz point guard Alec Burks (10) and center Enes Kanter (0) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 111-105. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Is Enes Kanter or Alec Burks More Likely To Be Traded?


If the Utah Jazz had to give up one of their two 4th year guys who would they likely part ways with?  The answer is a tough one as both Enes and Alec play different position and bring different attributes to the game.  The reason for this question is simple, the Jazz have options and trading up at either 5 or 23 could require offering Alec or Enes to make it happen.

So who are the Jazz offering first?

Enes Kanter-  Although he had a slow start to the season and his defense was porous, his offense for a big guy is hard to look past.  If Kanter starts shooting the 3 ball this would probably be an easier question.  Enes came on strong at the end of the year and was in beast mode during the last couple months averaging 15 points and 12.8 boards in April in 30 minutes a game.  Want to know how many players averaged at least those two stats?  Just two: Kevin Love and Dwight Howard.  Can Kanter do the same?  I don’t see why not but the real question with him comes with his defensive liability.  Can he get better or is he like Big Al and just doesn’t have it in him?

Alec Burks-  What a baller he has become!  Who in the NBA finishes as well as him?  James Harden, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose… but not too many more as Alec has to be the king when it comes to making wildly athletic layups.  His ability to drive puts him miles ahead of any other Jazz player in that category.  Again his defense needs work and his 3 ball needs to be more consistent (44.6% in January!!).  If he can figure out those two things his ceiling is very high, like perennial all-star high.  He has great vision, but needs to pass more and his decision making needs to improve as well.  He is one of the best rebounders for a 2 guard and is the best athlete on the Jazz.

Is it obvious who the Jazz would offer in a trade to move up?  No I don’t think it is.  However, if the Jazz are offering one of these two guys they better be getting back one of the top 4 guys or a very good veteran in return.  I’d be sad to see eith of these players go but if I HAD to let one of them go in a trade I believe Kanter would be that guy that they would offer first depending on the team.

Who would you want more on your team?

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  • Bobby Postma

    I agree. I would rather see Kanter go

    • tck62

      Wouldn’t you rather see Hayward go and avoid paying him $13 Million a year to stay ? Besides if we trade for Parker he would need Hayward’s minutes.

      • Bobby Postma

        If Hayward was in this article then hands down I would pick him. I like both Kanter and burks and they both have their pros and cons, but if we could keep them and get rid of Hayward then I would do that but the question was between Kanter and Burks

  • tck62

    If Burks was in this draft right now he would be the #1 overall pick.

    • Platinum68

      No he wouldn’t

  • IDJazzman

    If Big Al’s defense was so terrible, how did Charlotte go from the 2nd worst defensive team to the 6th best defensive team in the NBA? Was it Big Al and now is it Kanter or was it Corbin’s defensive strategy and coaching causing the holes? Probably some of both, but I am guessing most of it was due to the coaching. I think Kanter’s defense will make huge improvements with a new coaching staff and a different defensive plan.

    • Josh Haslam

      Definitely could be the case. Every time I watched a bobcats game though they always talked about how quick the other guys were to make up for Al so I still think a lot was on him.

    • Bobby Postma

      I think Kanter needs to hit the gym. The dude can score and rebound but he gets pushed around too much. If he puts on some muscle then he can become a top 5 center in the game

      • IDJazzman

        I agree and I think Kanter will. Must remember that he really couldn’t hit the gym very hard last year, due to his injury, which put him behind his game all year. As far as holding ground against the bigger centers, I think he did better than Favors.

        • Bobby Postma

          I think he is going to be a beast this year. Work on his defense and strength and guarantee all star next year

  • Bob

    I DON’T want to trade either Kanter or Burks. Defense is something they can both learn. They are both young in contrast to “Big Al” and they will now have a great developmental coach to help them. Same for their distance shooting. Remember Karl Malone couldn’t shoot at all in the beginning and became the second leading scorer of all time, and had an outside shot. The fifth pick will be plenty good for us.