Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
Burks' body of work is almost too small to grade, but I decided to give him a grade anyway, with the caveat that the conclusions drawn are from a minute sample size.
Debates raged among Jazz fans and analysts about whether Burks or Randy Foye should get more playing time at the backup shooting guard position. While Foye's play has ended the debate for now, there was and still is a significant contingent of Jazz fans who wants to see Burks get more of an opportunity.
Burks has been given only 15 minutes of playing time in five games. He's done absolutely nothing with the time he's been given. Instead of utilizing his best skill by getting to the rim, he's settled for jump shots far too often. As shooting is still a work in progress for Burks, the results have been predictably bad.
Burks is still a talented guard with a lot of potential. Yes, he needs minutes to develop, but he also has to ensure he's at the top of his game, makes good decisions and plays within the offense in the sparse minutes he gets.
Playing hard and playing smart is the best shot Burks has at getting more playing time.