Alec Burks, one of Jazz bright spots, looks to the future

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  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 24, 2014 10:07 a.m.


    Yes and no. Burkes of course played against some bench players but also was on the floor finishing in the 4th quarter for alot of the games. On top of that they often just threw it to him and isolated him to let him do his thing and there are no opponent bench players on the floor at that stage of the game. EArly in the season (no Trey) Hayward was charged with too much ball handling for sure.

    Last half of the season it was pretty clear that Burks and Burke were both better options in the clutch/down the stretch than Hayward was. There were numerous games that Hayward had turnover(s) inside the last 90 seconds of the game and it was not an occasional occurance either. Some forced, some unforced.

    Your post makes it pretty clear that when Hayward has to play other teams upper defenders that he really is unable to perform. His shooting % would indicate that is the case. Hayward is a lanky/stretch defender for sure and is a good piece/supporting player but he is not THE player and I hope he and his agent understand that.

  • mdp Bountiful, utah
    April 24, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    I sum up the year this way- the team had terrible discipline (both offensively and defensively, which falls onto the coaching). Poor shot selection by mediocre shooters, especially when the obvious Jazz strength was inside the paint.

  • gehelmke Bastrop, TX
    April 24, 2014 5:38 a.m.

    It's unfair to use this season to compare Hayward to Burks....In all the games, Hayward was defended by the best defensive man on the opponents starting unit, while Burks played most of the time against bench units and was defended by the opponents bench players. Even when Burks started, Hayward was going against the best defender, and Burks had a lesser defender...Then too, Hayward had to defend against the opponents best offensive player.

    Factor in the fact that Hayward was being played out of position and was charged with getting the offense started....

    Two good ball players here....not a competition between them.

  • Bossk Sandy, UT
    April 23, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    Alec Burks is the Jazz's best player, and he has a ceiling higher than probably anyone imagined when he was drafted. He needs a good coach, a consistent role, and a system that allows him to do what he does best. And he needs to start and get 36 minutes a night. He is a future All Star and definitely a candidate for Most Improved Player next year (adding to the one vote he received this year). The Jazz can have a great team next year, but Alec definitely should be their #1 scoring option.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 23, 2014 5:17 p.m.

    Burks and Hayward are both ballers, good at many things and warriors, too. Burks will always be the better jump shooter IMO, but Hayward presents a defensive nightmare for other teams, perhaps even more so than Burks. Hayward hurts the Jazz, though, when he is off with his jump shot, which so far in his career is too often. Hayward is a top defender already, but Burks is just learning how to play defensively. I hope both are signed. Good job this year, Alec. You are fun to watch.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 23, 2014 2:20 p.m.

    “I definitely feel like I can,’’ he said. “I’ve got the talent to be. I’ve got the competitiveness to be. I feel like I can become a great player in this league with my athletic ability and potential. I think I can be real good in this league.’’

    This is probably why Burkes will ultimately be better and make progress than others on this team. He has an edge. Sure he has some arrogance to say it but you better have some self confidence or you will end up hanging your head like Hayward did for most of the season.

    Burkes had some slumps as well but it doesn't appear to have curtailed his confidence much.

    Big time skill of getting to the free throw line is what stars do in this league. With far less minutes than others Burkes led the team this past season.

    This kid will be a valuable piece to the Jazz future.