Alec Burks' play was nothing short of phenomenal. "Jordanesque" is
the term that comes to mind.His ability to put spin on the ball and
force it into the basket is something really special. It reminds me of the back
spin pool players put on the cue ball to make it go where they want. And as if
that wasn't enough, he combines that with an ability to make difficult cuts
and dribbles in and around the defense. Time and time again, I was saying to
myself, "There's no way he's going to make it to the basket."
and yet somehow he did, over and over again.He still needs to
improve his defense, but I'm ready to see the Jazz lock Alec into his next
contract right now.
Burks is really becoming a go to guy who gets us results. I would like to see
him play more minutes with the young core (Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter and
Favors) all together to see what the results would be. We have not seen much of
that lineup even though they played very well together when it briefly happened.
Burks was awesome. For that single game he was Jordanesque. I thought exactly
that as I watched.Burks separates himself from others on his own
team by his elite skill of drawing fouls and getting to the line. Star players
are good at that skill. Its how they score when their shots are not falling
outside. How about Corbins quote? "....but I'd rather you
get a shot closer to the basket than a 3-point shot any day."This one of Corbins flaws. The 3 point shot is here to stay and it has
changed the game. All the best teams shoot the 3 well. They bury teams with
it. Unless you are like Burks who can consistently draw fouls and get 3 point
plays at the line while drawing fouls then you are lagging the best teams.Longer two point jump shots are what teams WANT you to take. Lower % and
it is only worth 2. If Corbin won't embrace being a good 3 point team and
expect his players to be good at it then he should be fired. The 3 point shot
is here to stay..Corbin won't be if he clings to the past.
At the beginning of the year, and in past years for that matter Alec was pushing
himself and going to fast rather than let the game come to him. He seems to have
slowed things down now and is playing much better. I posted a few weeks ago that
I thought Alec could be the best player on the team and if he gets the playing
time he deserves I think he will prove it.