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2011 Scouting Reports: Alec Burks

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ALEC BURKS
Specifics: 6’6”, 193 lbs   
Birthdate: July 20, 1991 (20 years old) 
Numbers: 21 PTS, 6.5 REB, 3 AST, 47% FG and 29% 3PT
Games Scouted: Colorado v. Texas A&M, Colorado v. Kansas

BACKGROUND

Alec grew up in Grandview Missouri where he was the state player of the year and Big 12 Freshman of the year. He left Colorado after two years but not before setting the school record for most points in a season and most free throws made and attempted in the a season.


OVERALL

Alec is a legitimate scorer.  He plays mostly in isolation dribble drive circumstances and was forced to use a ton of possessions at Colorado.  The knock on his game is his outside shooting, but as an 81% free throw shooter he has the touch.  He creates and plays off contact and has an amazing ability to get the shot off.  His handling is o.k. for a two guard and he is somewhat of a willing passer.  Defensively, he is not very active.


QUICK SYNOPSIS

He has all the skills to be an 18-20 point per game scorer in the NBA.   He will be very good on a late shot clock.  If his shooting from the outside improves, he will be deadly.  Can he learn how to play as the non-primary focus of an offense?   If he is special inside, he has a chance to be a Brandon Roy/Paul Pierce-type player.  I do think he will score and get to the line in the NBA.   I also believe he can learn how to shoot and would anticipate Burks to be a 33% three point shooter.  Not great, but good enough.

OFFENSE
Overall: He is a slashing scorer.    
Moving w/o the ball: Gets himself open but doesn’t use picks very well to free himself.  He doesn’t come off a pick or curl tight.
Isolation Game: He can take you 1-on-1 and beat you, but he is going to need to learn some tricks to help him complete plays.
Handle: He can beat you with the dribble and can hold it together in traffic. He has a great hesitation dribble.
Pick and Roll: He doesn’t turn the corner a great deal and would rather retreat and go 1 on 1.
Shooting: Not a great shooter.  Some think his shot is broken, and others think it will develop.  I believe the latter.  He has great elevation on his jump shot, which means he will be able to get the shot off.  I also think he shoots a low percentage because he is fatigued and has a tendency to fade.  
Passing: Passing is part of his game but not what makes him.  He is o.k. at it but he doesn’t make a ton of plays for his teammates. 
Poise: Sometimes a bit "too cool for school." 
Understanding: Great offensive player.
DEFENSE
Overall: Pretty lax defensively.  He doesn’t give a lot of himself on the defensive end.  He plays harder in the final moments of the game.  Athletic enough to recover.
On-Floor Defense: Not good.
Help Defense: Not much.
Pick and Roll D: He gets hit on picks without.         
Rebounding: Average for a shooting guard.
SKILLS
Hands: Good free throws and good handle on the dribble.
Balance: Willing to play with contact, seems strong.
Plays Hard: Not incredibly but gives of himself offensively.
Feet: Good balance.
Pressure: Unclear.
Attitude: If he has it inside himself, he could be special.
PROJECTIONS
Best Case Scenario: Brandon Roy or Paul Pierce
Likely Scenario: Caron Butler, Josh Howard, or Demar Derozan
Worst Case Scenario: Willie Green
VIDEO
 
Breakdown of Alec Burks courtesy of Locked on Jazz
Tip-Off for June 3 courtesy of Locked on Jazz
Alec Burks at the Adidas Nations Experience in Chicago courtesy of DraftExpress
Alec Burks 2010-11 courtesy of buffvision
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