A Bulls insider from the website CSN Chicago (a Yahoo site) gave their predictions for the 2013-2014 NBA season. They of course picked the Jazz to come in dead last of the Northwest Division
5. Utah Jazz: There was no ambiguity from the Jazz, as far as what direction the organization is going, as veteran stars Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap were allowed to depart via free agency, meaning Utah will build around its young core moving forward. The big-man combination of power forward Derrick Favors and center Enes Kanter will get every opportunity to blossom, while swingman Gordon Hayward should emerge as the team’s go-to player and guard Alec Burks will have a chance to receive consistent minutes. Rookie Trey Burke is clearly the team’s point guard of the future, but veteran John Lucas III was acquired to be a safety net as the team goes through some growing pains.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said last week that Corbin, whose career record is 87-89, has "performed really well under these circumstances," but declined to comment on anything related to his contract status. Corbin’s agent, Los Angeles-based Steve Kauffman, said the sides have not begun negotiating an extension. "I don’t expect anything to be done," said Kauffman, whose other clients include Jeff Hornacek and Monty Williams.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said last week that Corbin, whose career record is 87-89, has "performed really well under these circumstances," but declined to comment on anything related to his contract status. Corbin’s agent, Los Angeles-based Steve Kauffman, said the sides have not begun negotiating an extension. "I don’t expect anything to be done," said Kauffman, whose other clients include Jeff Hornacek and Monty Williams. Salt Lake Tribune
I thought he was a pretty intriguing prospect for them actually.
Scouting Report on Alec Burks prior to the NBA Draft
Posted on September 29, 2013 by David Locke
I was searching through files getting ready for the season. This was my scouting report on Alec Burks prior to the NBA Draft
Player: Alec Burks
Specifics: 6’6 193
Birthdate: July 20 1991 (20 years old)
Numbers: 21 pts 6.5 rebs and 3 asts – 47% FG and 29% 3pt
Game Scouted: Colorado v. Texas A&M – Colorado v. Kansas
Alec grew up in Grandview Missouri. Was the state player of the year in Missouri. Was the Big 12 Freshman of the year. Leaves Colorado after two years. Set the Colorado school record for most points in a season and most free throws made and attempted in the a season.
Alec is a bonafide scorer. He plays mostly in isolation dribble drive circumstances. He was forced to use a ton of possessions at Colorado. The knock on his game is his outside shooting but as a 81% free throw shooter he has touch. He creates and plays off contact. He has an amazing ability to get shot off. His handle is ok for a two guard and he is a somewhat willing passer. Defensively, he is not very active.
He has all the skills to be a 18 to 20 point a game scorer in the NBA. He will be very good on a late short clock. If his shooting from the outside improves he will be deadly. Can he learn how to play as the non primary focus of a team’s offense? If he is special inside he has a chance to be a Brandon Roy type player. He will score and get to the line in the NBA. I believe players can learn how to shot and would anticipate Burks to be a 33% three point shooter, not great but good enough. Has to learn how to play without the ball, at Colorado had the ball in his hand most of the time.
Overall: He is a slashing scorer.
Move without the ball – Gets himself open but doesn’t use picks great to free himself. Didn’t come off picks tight or on a curl
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 holds it together in traffic . Great hesitation dribble
Pick and Roll: He doesn’t turn the corner a great deal. He would rather retreat and go 1 on 1 .
Shooting: Not a good shooter. Some think his shot is broken others think it will develop. I am more on the side of developing. Has great elevation on his jump shoot which means he will be able to get the shot off. I also think it might be why he shots a low percentage that being that he is fatigued. Has a tendency to fade.
Passing – Passing is part of his game but not what makes him. He is ok passing but he doesn’t make a ton of plays for his teammates.
Understanding: Great offensive player.
Poise: Sometimes a bit cool for school.
Overall: Pretty lax defensively. Doesn’t give a lot of himself on the defensive end. He played harder in the final moments of the game. Good enough athlete to recover.
On Floor Defense: Not good. .
Help Defense: Not much
Pick and Roll D gets hit on picks without a lot fight.
Rebounding Average for a shooting guard
Hands: Good free throws and good handle on the dribble
Balance. Willing to play with contact, seems strong
Play Hard: Not incredibly but gives of himself offensively.
Feet: Good balance
Pressure Not clear
Attitude If he has it inside he could be special.
Best Case Scenario Brandon Roy or Paul Pierce
Likely Case Scenario: Caron Butler or Josh Howard Demar Derozan
Worst Case Scenario Willie Green
Pretty accurate as to what we saw from him as a rookie. He came a long ways last year and it sounds like he's ready to take it to a whole other level this year.
Utah Jazz blog Salt City Hoops had an interesting look at how some Utah players improved their performance at athlete training center P3 in Santa Barbara, California. One player jumped out at me.
"Alec [Burks] was the biggest winner," said (Dr. Marcus) Elliott (of P3). The staff really admired him for his work over the past couple years. He has apparently improved in a number of areas from hip stability, knee position and trunk strength, all of which affect quickness. They recognize the unique opportunity Burks will have this season to finally get steady minutes, potentially even as a starter. He is considered one of their more "elastic" athletes. He reached a vertical height of 12′ 2.5″ during an approach this summer. When he first arrived in May 2012 he maxed out at 11′ 8.5″. That height is especially worth noting considering that he also weighs 11 more pounds than when he started."
In a loud and clear sign that the Jazz are officially in rebuild mode, the organization didn’t re-sign one of its free agents from the 2012-13 season. Everybody but Tinsley quickly found a new NBA home, too.
Puzzling as to why he wouldn't be in someone's camp after the past two seasons.
While Biedrins and Jefferson are several years past their primes, the Jazz are hopeful they can bounce back to their previous forms and provide veteran court savvy and play.
Biedrins is young enough he could still have his best ball ahead. He still rebounds and blocks shots. Seems to have lost all confidence on his shot though. Being a contract year maybe he'll get his head straight?
P3 first got involved with the Jazz through an unlikely source—Rafael Araújo. The summer after being drafted by the Toronto Raptors, Araújo went to the P3 facilities in Santa Barbara for two months at the recommendation of his strength coach. He eventually found his way back to Utah in his third season. After that, Paul Millsap and Ronnie Brewer became the next Jazz players to work with Dr. Elliott and his staff.
According to Dr. Elliott, when Brewer first got there, “He could jump, but wasn’t as good on lateral speed.” So they put him through their evaluation process and starting customizing his training.
“When Ronnie first started, he said he wanted to work on his jumping ability, when that was actually his best area.” Elliott continued to share stories about Brewer’s development and how they helped him in certain areas. “Even Sloan said he was a liability at the time. Now he’s making a name for himself for being a defender.”
And he still should have been starting over Fisher at the 2!
For many of the young Jazz players, they’ve been training with P3 their entire time in the league. The goal for P3 is to be able and track their progress throughout their career.
The entire staff at P3 had nothing but positive things to say about the Jazz players and organization. They seemed just as excited as the Jazz fan base for this upcoming season, with all the potential in each of the players.