Utah Jazz fans did not know what to expect when the team signed point guard John Lucas III to a two-year deal, especially since the organization drafted Trey Burke. Obviously, the Jazz want someone to compete against Burke in camp. More importantly though, they need someone to accept a backup role, which is something many 30 year olds do not want to do.
It appears Utah has lucked out considering Lucas is more than happy to be a mentor to Burke. He has no intentions of taking the starting job away from anyone, as he clearly understands this will be Burke’s team. Lucas does not expect to be with the Jazz for many years to come. In fact, he understands exactly why the team brought him in.
How could the situation get any better? Even though Lucas will not be in the starting lineup, he still intends on being a leader in the locker room and using his veteran presence to inspire his teammates to raise their level of play.
Numerous former coaches have praised Lucas 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 with the players on the team.
Lucas averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists in 63 games with the Toronto Raptors last season.