Utah Jazz fill needs with Enes Kanter, Alec Burks

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  • Way Better than BYU and Utah LOGAN, UT
    June 26, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    I think the jazz future is even more bright with these two. If Kanter is really "that good" and Burks can shoot better, I think the Jazz will have a solid core in 5 years. The starting 5 would look like this:

    PG: Someone the Jazz Draft Later
    SG: Burks
    SF: Hayward
    PF: Favors
    C: Kanter

    That would be a really young solid team.

    I think the Jazz should have traded Devin Harris for Steve Nash and drafted Knight to work under Nash and then in a couple of years had a solid young PG.

  • thebigcougar LAYTON, UT
    June 25, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Burks shot over 50% which included his three point shooting. Not bad. The Jazz had Jimmer and Walker work out together and Thompson and Burks work out together. They made evaluations and would have selection Burks higher than they got him. Coach said he could use him at SF or SG or PG. Not bad. Coach really liked him and was impressed with his workout. I hope Burks works out. He has great upside.

  • The Great Houdini Rye, CO
    June 24, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Watched Burks at CU last year,I think you`re all in for a pleasant surprise,and the best thing about it is....adios cj aka sniffles,diaper boy,flabby,winded,waste of roster spot....Go JAZZ

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    June 24, 2011 5:35 p.m.


    Burks is probably going to replace Price as 3rd PG, while also working at backing up the SG position, too. Hoping Kirilenko stays one more year, first because I like him, second so that he can help Evans progress at SF.


    Burks is already a better ball handler and probably a better rebounder than Brewer. He probably already has surpassed Brewer as a jump shooter (both could score multiple ways in college), and Brewer is the only one of the two with a physical limitation which apparently has forever doomed him to a less-than-satisfactory consistency. Burks happened to get an opportunity to play point guard in college. If that hadn't happened, his NBA career might have been different. Now, though, people know he can dish the ball. Should be interesting.

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    June 24, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    If you can't shoot outside teams will just pack it in the paint and make you beat them from the perimeter.

  • G-Swenz Providence, UT
    June 24, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    I'm sick of hearing everyone whine about 3pt. shooting.

    If you have a guy that can penetrate and get the whole enough times in a game, you DON'T NEED IT.

    It's not like this kid has no chance of hitting a 3pt shot. I'd say he hit more big shots for Colorado, than just about anyone else in this draft did for their teams. If he gets in rhythm he can knock them down. And getting into a rhythm is not too difficult for him to do with his speed, and his hops.

  • Sokol Las Vegas, NM
    June 24, 2011 10:33 a.m.

    I hope Burks can score...They need people who can score....But, we have have two Turks...They are both slow and plodding...I do not get it. I hope I am pleasantly surprised.

  • whoisjohngalt Holladay, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    6-11 262 at just 5% body fat. This dude is built. Welcome to the Utah Jazz.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    June 24, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    There was no need filling here. Kanter was the 2nd or 3rd best overall player in the draft. Burks was the best available athlete at 12. Both will take a while to develop.

    @SloanHater I would prefer DWade because he can hit the 3 and do everything else.

    Without wings who can shoot the Jazz will stay in the lotto. When the paint is packed AJ/Millsap's rebounding and shooting efficiency go DOWN and there is not room for slashing unless you love TOs and charges.

    Burks is a better shooter than his stats at CO indicate. He will develop but give him a season. He won't be DWade but he can do it all. He is not flawed like Brewer. He has all of the tools to defend. He should be better than Bell.

    I expect Millsap to play PF this year and get traded or move to SF if he can develop the quickness the next year. Evans should be improving ball handling and shooting and move to SF this year.

    Defense (new scheme), shooting wings and PG style are the needs on this team.

    Hayward and Burks may help the wings. Burks may play 3rd PG.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    June 24, 2011 5:08 a.m.

    Overthinking by the Jazz brain-trust must have led to wasting a 12 pick on a SG who cannot shoot the 3. Looking at the players chosen later, sure seemed like there were some better SG's there, with size and shooting touch. But most concern was in hearing the interview of Burks, as he did not seem to be well spoken or intelligent. We need players as opposed to athletes, ie a Jason Kidd as opposed to a Miami Chalmers, someone who just knows how to play and win games.

  • Draft dumbie Farmington, UT
    June 23, 2011 11:02 p.m.

    I had to go back a lot of years to find a player that Kanter reminds me of--he reminds me of a taller Wes Unseld, the original "round mound of rebound" (before Charles Barkley) who played center for the Baltimore Bullets at 6'7" and 245 lbs. I think Kanter has the same sort of bulk and physicality that Unseld used to have a very successful NBA career. Great pick for the Jazz.

    I still hope the Jazz re-sign Fesenko as their "extremely big center" specialist.

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    June 23, 2011 10:51 p.m.

    Jazz already have bigs and young developing ones at that so where does Kanter fit in behind Jefferson, Milsap, and Favors. On the bench that's where. They just spent their 3rd pick on a backup at best.

    The 12th pick I get a bit more as much of what they needed was already gone by then.

    Jazz needed a 2 that could defend and make defenses honest with the 3. Burks does not fill the bill, yet.

    They also needed a 3 that could defend as well.

    We;ll see?

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    June 23, 2011 10:16 p.m.


    You must be a new Jazz fan and not around when Horny was brought up specifically to work with AK. After which AK's 3 pt % increased by double digits. Though I guess you could call it coincidence.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    KOC met with both these players and many more.....he thought the Jazz should have them so time will tell.

    Why would anyone want to keep Brewer, come time for playoffs he and Korver had nothing to do but ride the pine. Korver is a defensive liability and Brewer is an offensive liability so the team can never win with them, so the reason to keep Brewer would be?????????? perhaps stray cats hold an appeal for you as well.

    And please don't let Hornacek get a hold of any of the Jazz shooters, he helped CJ be more consistent, consistently worse that is, and he really helped Fes with his free throws and Raja really got helped a lot by Jeff. Jazz shooters scare nobody.

    Just because Karl Malone speaks lots of English does not mean you have him teach English at a school and it is the same thing even though Jeff was a fabulous shooter I would not let him teach anyone shooting, and that is based upon his numbers he has shown thus far.

    Hope these new players step up and help the Jazz through the upcoming shortend season.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    June 23, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I like Kanter/Burks. Burks is going to be fun to watch, and hopefully Kanter is the real deal. I think that Memo can mentor Kanter a little bit, so that should be a good situation for the two Turks.

    The Jazz front office still has a lot of work to do. We still need a shooter to help open up the paint for our front court big men to work it down low.

    I am expecting a trade to go down as soon as the new CBA gets hammered out.

    Overall, I give KOC an "A" as far as the draft is concerned.

    I hope that Watson, CJ and AK can come back, that should help, but again, we still need a shooter or two.

    Lets go Jazz!

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    June 23, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Commentators post Burks pick said:
    1. good at driving the lane
    2. not a good shooter -- 29% from 3 arc
    3. not a real good rebounder
    4. Okay at defense

    So, I don't get why they picked him. Nice teeth?

  • SloanHater Farmingtown, IL
    June 23, 2011 9:27 p.m.

    Why does everyone want an outside shooter? I would much rather have a Dwyane Wade type that drives to the rim and shoots a lot of free throws than a Mike Miller who sits outside waiting to shoot the 3.

    I like the idea of Harris, Hayward, AK, Millsap, Big Al starting games with Burks, Favors, Memo, Kanter, Evans on the bench.

    I'm still hoping the Jazz can figure out a way to get Derrick Williams..

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    June 23, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    "If we really wanted an athletic, slashing, loves-the-paint SG, we should have kept Brewer.

    I would have preferred Singleton."

    Couldn't agree more. There was a reason Burks was dropping on the draft boards. But hey, KOC does this as his job. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

  • shaybo Richfield, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:10 p.m.

    Where in the world did you get the idea that Burks fulfills the need for an outside shooter? The Jazz need to immediately hit the phones with Sacramento and try to switch 11 and 12 picks with Golden State if they can do it without giving up too much.

    Packing the lane will become a by-word for the Jazz if they don't do something.

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    June 23, 2011 8:05 p.m.

    Fill a need? Fill a NEED? What? I've had 'best player available' drilled into my head so many times and now you talk about filling a need.

    I'm good with Kanter, but I preferred Valanciunas. Time will tell.

    I'm disgusted with KOC for selecting Burks. If we really wanted an athletic, slashing, loves-the-paint SG, we should have kept Brewer. My only hope is that Hornacek can improve Alec's outside shot. Otherwise, he won't last on the Jazz roster long. Go get him Jeff!! His future rests on your shoulders.

    I would have preferred Singleton.