2011 NBA Mock Draft: Will Alec Burks Be the Best Pure Scorer for Phoenix Suns?
In the 2011 NBA Draft, some teams will be looking for a centerpiece to their team, while others will be looking for the missing piece.
The Phoenix Suns may not be that close to competing for an NBA championship. but adding one of the best pure scorers in the draft pool could go a long ways in helping them get back into the playoffs.
Alec Burks is that player.
The Colorado Buffaloes shooting guard is one of the more underrated players in the country. Had he played at North Carolina, Duke, Kansas or Kentucky, he would be talked about as a top possible pick. But since Colorado did not even receive an invite to the 2011 NCAA Tournament, he is being discussed toward the bottom of the lottery picks.
But while he may be on the board when the Suns pick, he is talented enough to earn the rookie of the year award in 2011-2012. His offensive skills are that solid.
While he needs to improve on his jump shot, Burks could become a prolific scorer at the next level.
Chad Ford of ESPN says that "When Burks is at his best, he's slicing through defenses and finishing at the basket. When he gets free, he can have huge games, and he'll probably need a few of those in the Big 12 tournament to convince NBA execs that he should be in the lottery conversation. As it stands, he's a mid to late first-round pick."
Burks could be a great backcourt mate in Phoenix along with Steve Nash. He could learn under Vince Carter for a season, and would probably then be ready to start in the league.
His shooting skills may leave a bit to be desired, but his scoring abilities more than make up for that to make him a solid draft pick.
For more on the draft and some possible first round selections, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Cavaliers Featured Columnist Jesse Dorsey, who previews the NBA Draft 2011: Has Jimmer Fredette Worked His Way Into the Top 10?
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