The Utah Jazz lost to the Denver Nuggets in a blowout on Wednesday night, but rookie Alec Burks was able to receive more playing time in this game than in the season-opener, which saw him record zero points in two minutes on the court.
Burks didn't get on the court until late in 117-100 loss, playing against second- and third-teamers on the Nuggets. In 10 minutes, Burks shot 6-of-9 from the field and finished with 15 points (3-for-3 on free throws). Burks he received high praise from our Jazz blog, SLC Dunk:
Before tonight, I had thought that hopes he could be a starting point guard in this league were too optimistic. But the guy has all of the tools to be one: handles, court vision, a pull up jumper, ability to finish at the rim, and moxie.
But he'll need to replicate this kind of performance against a team's starters and sixth man. It's a question of playing time for Burks this season. Will he be able to get decent playing time in tough game situations?