Alec Burks
Alec Burks
27-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Burks, as a result of injuries, appeared in just 100 games from his age 23 season to his age 25 season. However, he was able to stay relatively healthy last year, playing in 64 contests and garnering 16.5 minutes per tilt. Importantly, he stepped up when given the opportunity, averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists when seeing between 20 and 29 minutes. However, his relatively small role will be challenged this season, as guys like Dante Exum and Thabo Sefolosha will be coming back from injuries and the team opted to draft Grayson Allen, who looked promising in summer league. Come draft day, Burks can likely be avoided even in deeper Fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Jazz in October of 2014. Traded to the Cavaliers in November of 2018. Traded to the Kings in February of 2019.
Doesn't play in Sunday's victory
GSacramento Kings
March 31, 2019
Burks (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the floor during Sunday's 113-106 win over the Spurs.
Burks saw seven minutes in Saturday's loss to the Rockets. However, he was held scoreless in four of his six appearances during the month of March. Even though the Kings have been eliminated from playoff contention, there's little reason to believe the 27-year-old wing will be more involved down the stretch.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Burks played in just 42 games last season after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which took place in November 2016. He also struggled when he did play, possibly as a result of the ankle, posting 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds across 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 25-of-76 (32.9 percent) from deep. Health might be Burks’ main hurdle at this point, as he played just 31 games during 2015-16 after fracturing his fibula and appeared in only 27 games in 2014-15 before getting surgery to correct a shoulder issue that had been bothering him since his college days. In that time, shooting guard Rodney Hood asserted himself as a legitimate starting option at the position. Now, Burks will have to not only make his way back into form, but prove he’s worthy of usurping Hood’s minutes. He’ll also have to compete with the likes of Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson, Thabo Sefolosha and Donovan Mitchell for a reserve role. Burks has shown promise in the past, but he’ll have to outplay plenty of Jazz players for the opportunity to see significant run. With all that in mind, drafting Burks comes with a lot of risk for the potential upside of middle-of-the-road production, meaning his name can probably be glossed over in many formats.
Burks saw his 2014-15 season cut short to just 27 games after undergoing season-ending surgery on his shoulder in December to correct an agitation that caused him discomfort dating all the way back to his playing days at the University of Colorado. The guard apparently struggled to raise his left arm above his shoulder at multiple times over the last five years, and his corrective surgery could mean full range of motion for the first time in his NBA career. That's a scary thought for opposing teams since he managed to produce 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.0 three on an average of 33 minutes per game in his shortened season. Burks is the projected starting shooting guard this year, and the absence of Dante Exum (ACL surgery) this season will also allow Burks to spend some minutes at point guard, although he's openly stated in the past that he feels far more comfortable playing the role of a two guard. The only impediment standing in the way of Burks being cut loose on the court this season, besides the shoulder injury, is the emergence of Rodney Hood who could challenge Burks for the role of starter. Last year was the first time Burks was the designated starter, and his previous three years in the league were spent coming off the bench to provide a scoring presence. Burks could conceivably give way to Hood over time and revert back to a sixth-man role, but for now, he's projected to start and to have standard-league relevancy regardless of whether or not he's coach Quin Snyder's first option at shooting guard.
Alec Burks will enter the 2014-15 season as one of Utah's main offensive weapons. In easily the most productive season of his three-year career, the 23-year-old averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers in 28 minutes per game last season. He started 12 of 78 games last season but mostly provided the Jazz with a spark off the bench via his ability to provide instant offense. The Colorado product was able to reach the 30-point benchmark twice last season despite serving as Utah's sixth man. Moving into the 2014-15 season, Burks has the inside track of being the team's starting shooting guard under new head coach Quin Snyder. However, the Jazz acquired Dante Exum in the 2014 NBA Draft, who stands to be featured at both point guard and shooting guard this year. With the addition of Exum, Burks may have to concede playing time and offensive touches by the end of the season. However, it seems like the starting shooting guard job is Burks' to lose, especially when considering that he went on a streak of 26-straight games where he scored at least 10 points per game at the end of last season.
Burks served as a combo guard last season, but now, like Hayward, will be slotted into his more natural position. At 6-6, 220, he's good-sized, but there are still questions about his scoring ability. He averaged 15.3 points per game per 36 minutes over his first two seasons but did so with a 43 field goal percentage and has only been average from downtown. He has potential, like his starting teammates, for a breakout year, but Hayward will get most of the first looks on offense.
Burks is entering his second season in the league. In his rookie year, the Jazz began giving him significant playing time in the second half of the season. He is a young, athletic shooting guard who has a good all-around game. As his game grows, Burks could end up being a very good starter to pair with Gordon Hayward in the future. He can score, and scored 15 or more points in eight games last season.
The 12th pick in the 2011 draft, Burks is an athletic shooting guard out of Colorado. He is very quick, with explosiveness that helps him finish around the rim. Although he has a decent mid-range game, he is not particularly skilled from the outside. He shot better than 50 percent from the field during his collegiate career, but was below 30 percent in three-point shooting.
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Fails to score Sunday
GSacramento Kings
February 10, 2019
Burks ended with just three rebounds in 21 minutes during Sunday's 117-104 victory over the Suns.
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Fares well in team debut
GSacramento Kings
February 9, 2019
Burks put up nine points (4-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes Friday in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat.
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On track to play Friday
GSacramento Kings
Not Injury Related
February 7, 2019
Burks is expected to make his Kings' debut in Friday's game against the Heat, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports.
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Shipped to Sacramento
GSacramento Kings
February 6, 2019
Burks was traded from the Cavaliers to the Kings on Wednesday as part of a three-team deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Contributes 21 points Tuesday
GCleveland Cavaliers
February 5, 2019
Burks tallied 21 points (9-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals across 37 minutes in Tuesday's 103-96 loss to the Celtics.
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