ORLANDO, Fla. — From the sounds of it, summer league might imitate the regular season for the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz's youth will get plenty of opportunities to play.
With fall camp three months away, that will certainly be the case for the next week while the Jazz participate in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Utah's five-game schedule begins Sunday morning at the Amway Center, where rookie point guard Trey Burke will make his pro debut for the Jazz.
"He's going to play as much as he can stand," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "This is really about developing our young guys."
Several players who could be in the Jazz's regular rotation — namely Alec Burks, Jeremy Evans and rookie Rudy Gobert — will play with Burke. Point guard Raul Neto also might be allowed to play.
Here are five things the Jazz are looking to get out of the summer league experience:
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By trading up for Burke on draft night, the Jazz grabbed the most coveted point guard in the 2013 class and picked up a player that has the potential to be their future playmaker.
The 20-year-old Michigan product, currently the only point guard on Utah's roster, has received a crash course in the Jazz system and will get his first taste of quasi-pro ball Sunday morning.
"We want him on the floor as much as we can," Corbin said.
The sooner Burke can learn Utah's plays — and options off of the main sets — the better off the Jazz and their player receiving early Rookie of the Year mentions will be.
It's also possible the Jazz could get a good up-and-close look at Neto, another draft-day acquisition. The Brazilian point guard has been observing Utah's practices this week and is awaiting FIBA clearance to be able to play with the Jazz, a source said. If the 6-1 playmaker is cleared to play in Orlando, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be with the Jazz this upcoming season.
Many NBA teams only bring rookies or second-year players to summer league, but the Jazz are continuing a tradition of having older young guys get some offseason work with the team.
Corbin said the Jazz want to help Burks (third year) and Evans (fourth season) become more "comfortable" in the system, continue to learn about their games, and "let their games grow."
Shooting guard Brandon Rush was one of three Warriors — with Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson — to be traded to Utah on Friday. While Rush works back from ACL surgery and could be a go-to shooter for Utah, Burks is expected to get more chances than he's had so far in his career while averaging 16.9 minutes.
Burks and Evans probably won't play in every summer league game, Corbin added.
With both of their key bigs leaving — Al Jefferson to Charlotte and Paul Millsap to Atlanta — the Jazz have big holes to fill in the middle. Returning big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter are expected to get the majority of the frontcourt minutes, but it's quite possible that 7-foot-1 Gobert and his 7-foot-9 wingspan will challenge Biedrins and Evans for reserve action.
So far, Corbin has been impressed by Gobert's mobility, passing, shot-blocking and ability to close in the middle.
"He's fighting," the coach said.
Gobert is also learning.
Corbin chuckled while talking about how the St.-Quentin, France, native had to be reminded about NBA goaltending rules after he swatted the ball off the rim a couple of times earlier this week in Utah's minicamp.
The Jazz are happy to have Gobert available to play. The 21-year-old had to work out a buyout with his French team and receive FIBA clearance before signing his contract with Utah (in the $1.08 million range).
The Jazz currently only have 11 players with guaranteed contracts for the 2013-14 season with the additions of the Warrior transplants and the departure of traded shooting guard Kevin Murphy.
Guard Jerel McNeal, a late addition last season, has a non-guaranteed deal and is one of 13 guys hoping to impress Jazz brass this week for Utah's open roster spots.
The glaring need the Jazz currently have is at point guard. It's still possible Neto will return to his Spanish team this fall, and Utah will almost certainly sign a free agent playmaker or trade for one regardless of what he does.
But this is a golden opportunity for someone to impress. Jazz fans are already familiar with one of the point guard hopefuls — Michael Stockton, whose famous father has spent time as a statue model.
The Jazz are looking for depth at wing and in the middle as well.
"The guys are coming in and competing really hard," Corbin said, impressed by what he's seen from players battling for fall camp callbacks. "This is always what summer league is about — to get a look. These guys are competing for spots."
This is a good time for the Jazz's coaching staff and young players to work together and play in a competitive environment for the final time before parting ways (mostly) until September.
This year, the 10 teams have something extra to play for in Orlando — a championship. Points will be awarded for quarters and games won, and the two teams at the top of the standings after Thursday will square off for the OPSL title Friday.
"It's always important to win and compete," Corbin said. "The ultimate thing is we want to give minutes for guys to develop their games."
Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward will not play with the team this week, but he will attend part of the summer league with the team in Florida — a good sign that he's taking management's suggestion that he seize a larger leadership role. He and Favors will participate in a Team USA minicamp later this month in Las Vegas.
Neither Favors (training) nor Kanter (rehab) are expected to be in Orlando this week.
Injury update: forward Tony Gaffney (right adductor muscle tendinitis) and guard Jerel McNeal (right knee mild MCL sprain) are day-to-day.
Utah had 18 players on its summer roster as of Saturday, but Corbin said the number will be in flux due to injuries and other summer-league commitments.
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Wednesday vs. Nets (9 a.m. MDT)
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Friday vs. TBD