Utah Jazz basketball: Burks gives fans something to cheer for

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  • -Gilchrist-Kidd- Baton Rouge, LA
    Dec. 28, 2012 4:05 p.m.

    I feel that Burks should have been in the starting lineup since game 1. He did really good in summer league and has proven that he can drive to the basket and either get fouled or score. He has been missing some open layups lately, but that is because he is out of shape. If he sits on the bench like he has most of this season, then he will likely leave, just like other SG's for the Jazz.

    It's time to put Randy Foye at the back up Point Guard spot. He has the ability to handle the ball well and take the ball up the court no problem. Watson is a good player for defense, but has missed some horrible layup shots and is a waste of space on offense. Tinsley has improved his jump shot but has some inconsistent nights and is not known for his defense. I personally would put Tinsley in over Watson because of his great passing to these young players on the Jazz. They need to play Foye at the point guard spot when Mo is not in and play Burks more minutes at the 2 spot.

  • bcandersen Pleasant Grove, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    The reason the Jazz struggle with their starters in during the 1st and 3rd is because the talent level is so close between our starters and our bench. Thus, we get all of the complaints about the lineup- "x should start, y should come off the bench. Trade this person etc." Most teams have a significant change when their starters sit down. We have 8-9 deep of starters, not all stars, but starters. Millsap, Favors, Jefferson, Williams, Williams, Foye, Hayward, and others could be debatable. My point is, when playing most other teams, when our opponents bench their starters, it is as if our starters never left the floor.

    Not that it means much, but my starting 5 (with a healthy Mo)
    Mo Williams
    Tinsley (Not sixth man-just 1st back up to Mo)

  • dumprake Washington, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    I don't watch all the jazz games but I watch enough to see the obvious. I'm a basketball player and a former coach, so I think I can judge talent and effort. Here's the obvious:
    1) Hayward is the best player on the team, he should start and the offense should go through him--not "black hole" Jefferson.
    2) Hayward is easily the best defender on the team, he should start
    3) Hayward gives the best effort of anyone on the team, he should start.
    4) Trade Jefferson for a top rate post defender and rebounder--if he can score that's a bonus, but it's not necessary.
    5) This year's Jazz team is not going to make the playoffs, so put your team together for next year and make players, defenders, scorers and rebounders out of them.
    6) Burkes should start
    7) Starting five is Hayward, Burks, Kanter, Millsap, Roy Williams
    8) Second five is Foye, Williams, Favors, Carroll, Watson, Tinsley...etc.

    There's a lot of talent on this team, but Corbin must demand they play defense, rebound and make free throws.

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    Burke is talented for sure, but he need to pass the ball more and not take shots all the time. He's like the black hole, give him the ball, and you won't get it back. I hope to see more of him on the floor.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 9:22 a.m.

    If Corbin feels so bad about not giving Burks minutes then let us see him put his money (Burks) where his mouth is. Just because he has older vetrans does not mean they can play better. And while you are at it Corbin you have a player named EVANS who could use a liitle time too..

  • Noodlekaboodle Millcreek, UT
    Dec. 26, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    In my opinion it's because the Jazz have 12 players who are at a similar skill level. The starters aren't as good as most teams top 5. But the bench is much better than most teams in the league. If you started the bench, and played the starters on the second team then you would see the exact same thing. Jazz need to be patient and try and pry a superstar away from a team in a trade.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    Dec. 26, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    The obvious observation is that the second team has consistently been outplaying the first team- my only question is whether it is because of hustle and defense, or because they normally play against the other teams reserves.

    The Jazz always seem to fall behind in the first and third quarters when the first team plays outside and refuses to defend.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 26, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    I know I'll be following the Jazz more after the football season. Looking forward to seeing Burks playing some point (especially now with Williams out) and he, Favors, Kanter and Hayward playing more minutes. Foye's scoring and Mo Williams's all-around play have been a plus for the Jazz, but the young guys need to play, too. If that means sitting Millsap and Marvin Williams more, that's ok by me.

  • forgetyourself Layton, UT
    Dec. 25, 2012 11:53 p.m.

    I would love to see some changes made with the line up. I think the way you play should earn you more min. If a guy is not doing his job be that even a starter shorten his min. Why not let the guys who are doing well continue to improve?