Utah Jazz 2013 Player Profile: Alec Burks

By Zach Slotter
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Alec Burks is entering his third season with the Utah Jazz. This is the time that he needs to step up and improve his game if he is every going to be a steady contributor. The first two seasons in Utah have not been great for Burks. He has averaged 7.1 points on 42.4 percent shooting, and only 1.2 assists per game.

Burks was a prolific scorer in his two seasons at Colorado. He averaged 17.1 and 20.5 points before declaring for the draft and being selected with a lottery pick by the Jazz. This will be the first year that Burke will get consistent playing time and will have a chance to truly showcase his talents.

The Jazz are a team that is rebuilding, and will have a brand new starting lineup from last year. Mo Williams, Randy Foye, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson are all gone. Burks should enter the starting lineup as the shooting guard this year with rookie Trey Burke, Gordon Heyward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. This is a very young team that will go through some growing pains, but Burks is going to get the chance to do what he does best, and that is score the basketball.

Last year, Burks played about 18 minutes per game and got only six shot attempts up per game. With four of the top five Jazz players in field goal attempts from last year gone, expect Burks’ numbers to increase drastically in year three. It remains to be seen if the efficiency will be there or not, but after this year, the skeptics won’t be able to say that Burks never got an opportunity.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page or add him on Google


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