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Scouting Report of Alec Burks by Jordan Kahn

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Feb 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) shoots during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Jazz 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 22, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) shoots during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Jazz 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

I wasn't super high on Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks when we drafted him; but that was because I really didn't know much about him. When I started my scouting of him based on his college production I was blown away by his ability to get to the line (which thankfully persisted in the NBA), but was aware of some of his faults as well. However, and this is big, he totally won me over when he started to get more and more playing time in the NBA; and there was more and more data to judge him by.

MySynergySports's tools have really helped me understand the game better, and enjoy our players more. Burks thrives in Synergy. It is, frankly, the quantitative tool best available to confirm our qualitative suspicions. Jordan Kahn (@ayoitsjordan ) at Hickory-High did a really good analysis of Burks. He breaks it down into a few sections:

  • Isolation offense
  • Offensive Rebounding
  • Cutting
  • Spot-up shooting
  • and Passing

I've mentioned here before that Burks is doing it on spot ups this year, esp compared to his other outside attempts. He's also making threes from spotting up at the corners, hence his name. I'm happy to see that other people are noticing this as well.

Please visit his blog, it's full of great info -- not just his good and fair analysis of Alec Burks.