Originally written on TopSportsReport  |  Last updated 2/28/15
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer Dwaine Davis Today we will discuss the 5th piece of this young Jazz core Alec Burks. In my opinion Alec is the third most important piece of this young team. Derrick Favors being one and Trey Burke being two. Alec is in his third year in the nba after being drafted 12th by the jazz. The knock on Alec coming out of the draft was his outside shooting ability. That still remains a bit of an issue. His outside shooting has improved but not as much as we would have all liked. He has proven this year he can get to the rim as well as anyone in the nba. And is at times the only player on this team who does attack the rim which earns him trips to the free throw line. So far this year he has been the sixth man for the Jazz, first off the bench and generally the leading scorer off the bench. He is a high energy guy who provides a spark at times when needed. Alec is not a great defender but at the same time he’s not a bad defender either. I believe right now Alec Burks is at a pivotal point in his career. He is at his best when driving and scoring but also by driving and dishing for easier shots for his teammates, right now at this point he needs to up his assists to become elite, he also needs to continue to improve his outside jump shot. If he can do these couple off things he can prove he is starter material and maybe even elevate himself to all-star level. If he continues with what he is doing at the moment he will prove he is a Jamal Crawford type player who will remain a sixth man for his career. Honestly I blame the coaching staff for his lack of development but that’s an article for another day. Alec has the attitude that he belongs in the NBA. He shows no fear to drive against anyone as he showed the other night driving against Hibbert. I believe he is in for a long career my hope is he chooses to make the necessary improvements to become elite. I’m well aware the Jazz possess some other young players but due to small sample sizes of play this will be the last article on the young core. The post Alec Burks- The 5th Piece to the Puzzle appeared first on TopSportsReport.
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