The Utah Jazz signed point guard John Lucas III to a two-year deal this offseason to provide a veteran presence at the guard position. Will Lucas attempt to compete for the starting job, or will he take more of a veteran backup role to rookie Trey Burke?
The Jazz obviously acquired him to bring experience and leadership to the team. With that being said, they also need him to be a contributor. Whether that is in a starting or backup role is still unknown at this time.
Utah would prefer for Burke to become the starter and Lucas show him the ropes while coming off the bench for the team. The good news is it appears Lucas is completely content with this role, which will serve the team well during the 2013-14 NBA season. Clearly, the Jazz would be thrilled if this holds up to be true over the next few months.
Numerous former coaches have praised the 30-year-old for being an unselfish player and outstanding team leader. He is the ideal choice to help turn Burke into a legitimate starting point guard in the NBA. Lucas does not feel he needs to prove anything to anyone. He just wants to play his part by helping the young Burke become the best player he can while also forming a special bond.
“John’s been around the pro game all of his life because of his dad,” Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “And he’s had to fight and claw for everything he’s gotten. He’s a smart player, he’s a great worker, I think it’s the perfect fit for him.”