Just a thought before the draft. Unfortunately, some players come to the league with their position set in stone. And it seems that the label is really hard to alter or remove. It worries me that anyone still thinks Gordon Hayward is a small forward, or that he will play a significant role in that rotation. He is so much more effective at shooting guard, especially on the defensive end. I realize that this caused rotation problems with Foye and Burks last year, but that shouldn’t be the consideration going forward. Why? The other poorly labeled player; Alec Burks.
I truly believe that Alec Burks CAN play point guard, and play it very well. There is no doubt he is an improvement over Mo Williams on the defensive end, and I think, ultimately, he is better on offense as well. As a shooting guard he makes more mistakes on both ends of the floor. Correctable; but why worry about that? If you think of Burks as a point guard, he becomes a starter, Gordon Hayward stays at shooting guard, Foye (if signed – and I think they will sign him) becomes an off-the-bench scorer, and then the Jazz can address small forward with real small forwards. This backcourt also provides length on the defensive perimeter giving the Jazz bigs better defensive rebound opportunities. Shifting thought this direction impacts draft and free agency options, but IMO, all for the better.