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Utah Jazz players' summer plans and final thoughts

Published: Tuesday, May 8 2012 9:43 p.m. MDT

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Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Position: Shooting guard

Years in the NBA: First season

Summer plans: He plans to "mix it up" between his hometown of Kansas City and Utah. Burks turns 21 this summer and said he plans to celebrate that milestone. He'll also expects to play with the Jazz summer league team.

Contract situation: Will make $2,171,640 next year in the second year of his four-year rookie contract.

Burks says: "It was a good year. I have some positive things to look back on. It's not just one thing, but I need to work on everything to become a more complete player. I need to get better by doing everything I can."
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jazz4ever
San Mateo, CA

Sadly, he is right. No place in the team going fwd. Hope he gets on a team which has use for him and jazz get something in return. Will miss his gutsy defense! Good luck Mr Bell. Keep it ringing... :)

dragonfly522
Sandy, UT

I thought that there were times when Raja shot quite well, particularly in spurts of 5-6 games or so. Of course he had some bad games, but he really had started to become a 3-pointer threat for quite a while until he became injured. The Jazz desperately needed multiple shooters who could stretch the defense by making shots. If he would have had that same streak going playing in the playoffs, that and his tenacious defense would have made a difference in the series. And if he would have made up the last bucket or two lacking in game 4 at least by playing in the game, albeit probably for only 10-15 minutes, that would have meant another playoff game. That extra game in the series would make a lot of money for the Jazz and give them another game under their belt of valuable playoff experience with a great opponent. Who knows, maybe the Miller family would consider keeping more of the Jazz's players on the roster because of that extra game, especially had they played well in it.

dragonfly522
Sandy, UT

I thought that there were times when Raja shot quite well, particularly in spurts of 5-6 games or so. Of course he had some bad games, but he really had started to become a 3-pointer threat for quite a while until he became injured. The Jazz desperately needed shooters who could stretch a defense in games; Bell provided one for a while there. If he would have had that same streak going playing in the playoffs, that and his tenacious defense would have made a difference in the series. And if he would have made up the last bucket or two lacking in game 4 at least by playing in the game, albeit probably for only 10-15 minutes, that would have meant another playoff game. That extra game in the series would make a lot of money for the Jazz and give them another game under their belt of valuable playoff experience with a great opponent. Who knows, maybe the Miller family would consider keeping more of the Jazz's players on the roster because of that extra game, especially had they played well in it.

dragonfly522
Sandy, UT

Had trouble figuring out my comment was already submitted; please let me quickly add something about keeping players on the roster. That is tied for their number one concern. They need shooters and more experience playing together. The Jazz offense is predominantly a team oriented, pass-first type style of play; they typically use at least 17-20 seconds of the shot clock to get to their shot, often a high-percentage shot. But too often they need to kick it out because they can't get it or keep it inside; our post players are superior, so they draw double-teams. The other thing that they need, being more chemistry, is something essential which has lacked since Stockton and Malone left. Miller family, these players will take less money than their market value, for themost part, to stay in Utah. I say let them stay.

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