I like Alec Burks. I think he's starter material who has a chance to be a great player in this league. Not a Top 15 player, but someone who most teams would want to have starting for them. The Utah Jazz did a great job in scouting him, and drafting him. They haven't don't a great job in playing him -- but hopefully that changes this year.
Of course, I do have high expectations for him, and I support him through his ups and downs. I seem to do that with a lot of our younger players too, from Morris Almond and Kyrylo Fesenko to guys from older generations of Jazz basketball as well. (I'm still holding out for Walter Bond to turn his career around)
Anyway, what if Burks isn't going to be a Top 3 player on a team he plays for? What if his upper level is just going to be starter on a playoff team? Would that be good enough, or would you be disappointed?
What if Alec Burks has a career similar to Blue Edwards?
Blue was a starter for the Utah Jazz in 186 of his 261 total regular season games here. He also started for the Milwaukee Bucks (145/164) and Vancouver Grizzlies (114/224). If you add it up, he started for these teams 68.57% of the time. He also played for the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat -- five different teams.
That said, he was a starter for nearly 70% of the games during his peak years, and he was a 1st rounder, pick #21. Alec Burks is a 1st rounder, pick #12.
Here are their stats in a Jazz uniform:
So, is Blue Edwards too low for Alec? Or is he going to be like Blue, but just with off-the-court stuff where he dates a lot of Canadian girls?