2011 NBA Mock Draft: Alec Burks Will Provide Offense Charlotte Bobcats Lack
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 Charlotte Bobcats, however, are in dire need of many pieces currently missing from their roster. With that being said, they may as well select one of the best pure scorers with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
That player would be Alec Burks of the Colorado Buffaloes.
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 will likely still be on the board when the Bobcats 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 agrees,saying that while Burks is not the best shooter in the draft, his other offensive skills more than make up for his somewhat deficient shooting.
"When Burks is at his best, he's slicing through defenses and finishing at the basket,: says Ford. "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 has some work to do before can dominate at the next level. But taking someone who is never afraid to put his head down and drive to the hole is never a bad thing. You want someone who does not become reliant on his jumper from 18 feet away. Sure, Burks does not really possess that right now anyway, but that will come all in due time.
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.
The Bobcats need some one who can score. Burks can do that, and that is why he would be a solid pick for Charlotte with the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
For more on the 2011 NBA Draft, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Correspondent Jason Heim, who takes a look at the 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Which Wildcat Goes First, Brandon Knight or Terrence Jones?
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