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Utah Jazz Rank: Starting off the top 10 is Alec Burks

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But where will ‘Gov’t Name’ be to end the season?

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With what may have been the tightest round of voting yet, Alec Burks was declared the 10th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz roster.

Alec’s story has been an unfortunate one thus far in his career. In the last three seasons he has played in 42, 31, and 27 games. The claim is that he is fully healthy and feeling normal for the first time since his original injury back in 2014. I feel like we’ve heard that every offseason since, but the tone seems to be a little different this time around.

Unfortunately I was out of the country during his best years, so I haven’t seen much of Burks yet. I do remember his early 2014-2015 campaign fairly well, especially when he responded to Quin Snyder’s challenge to get more rebounds by grabbing 10 and 14 in the next 2 games. Before going down that year he was averaging 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists while shooting 38% from 3.

If he can get back to that (I know it’s kind of a big if at this point), this Jazz team will be that much funner to watch. He may provide a great scoring punch off the bench this year, something the Jazz may need at times.

He’s on under contract for another 2 years at about 11 million a year. Hopefully Gov’t Name is back in business and ready to contribute in a big way. He’s definitely a wild card coming into the season, and could end up ranked anywhere from 2-16 on next year’s roster, or be gone by the deadline.

Because I can’t write something about Burks without adding this, here you go for your pleasure and enjoyment:

Poll

Who is the 9th most valuable player on the Utah Jazz Roster?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Thabo Sefolosha
    (311 votes)
  • 0%
    Derrick Favors
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Rodney Hood
    (8 votes)
  • 17%
    Dante Exum
    (93 votes)
  • 0%
    Ricky Rubio
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Joe Ingles
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Donovan Mitchell
    (70 votes)
  • 5%
    Joe Johnson
    (29 votes)
  • 1%
    Rudy Gobert
    (10 votes)
535 votes total Vote Now