2011 NBA Draft: Alec Burks and Other Options for the Milwaukee Bucks

Zach HerringCorrespondent IIMay 30, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09:  Alec Burks #10 of the Colorado Buffaloes controls the ball against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first round of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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When the Milwaukee Bucks are on the clock with the No. 10 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, one player should be on their mind. His name is Alec Burks. The exciting shooting guard from the University of Colorado could be the piece that the Milwaukee Bucks need to make a playoff push in the upcoming season.

Burks is one of the best scorers in the draft, and with Milwaukee only averaging 91.9 points per game (30th in the NBA) they need all the help they can get. Corey Maggette was thought of as a “great offseason acquisition” but quickly became a bust for the Milwaukee Bucks. With a terrible year behind him, Maggette’s minutes could be given to develop Burks. John Salmons, another Buck with a terrible 2010-2011 season, could easily lose his starting role to Burks.

The new and improved Bucks lineup could look something like this; PG Brandon Jennings, SG Alec Burks, SF Carlos Delfino, PF Luc Richard M Bah A Moute, and Center Andrew Bogut.

Brandon Jennings needs a guy like Alec Burks next to him. Burks could run the floor with Jennings and could create more fast break opportunities for the Bucks. And, with Delfino—who led the team in steals—on the court with the two athletic guards, the chances of a higher-paced Bucks offense would be greater.

Burks knows what he needs to work on too. He is working on making his jump shot to make it more consistent and is also working on getting stronger. In all his interviews, he makes sure to prove the point that he is still working on becoming a better player, and a lot of NBA GMs like to hear that.

In an interview on Bucks.com, Burks said, “Milwaukee, it was a great meeting for me, they liked me a lot, and I liked their staff a lot.” He also said, “I like their system, where they’re going, and their players.”

As far as Burks’ goals, he wants to “become the Orlando Magic version of T-Mac.” Burks definitely is a promising talent, but ESPN.com currently has him being taken No. 13 by the Phoenix Suns. Let’s hope the Bucks will make the right decision on draft night and select Alec Burks.

As far as the second round goes, who should the Bucks look to take? Well, there are a handful of players in mind, including Trey Thompkins, Iman Shumpert, Charles Jenkins, Scotty Hopson and Jimmy Butler.

Let’s take a look at Shumpert. He has established himself as one of the most athletic players in the draft. Kansas’ Josh Selby and Shumpert tied with the best maximum vertical jump with an impressing 42 inches. Just behind Derrick Williams and Justin Harper—who benched pressed 185 pounds 19 times—Shumpert finished at 18. He stands at 6’6", and is a point guard with great size and a definite NBA body.

Shumpert does not have a consistent jump shot but is a great slasher and can finish hard at the rim. With his 6’6" frame, Shumpert can be a threat in the paint as far as rebounding is concerned. With Boykins a free agent and maybe out of the picture for the Bucks, Shumpert could become the Bucks' third point guard.

With Shumpert and his 6’6" frame, the Bucks could look to have Jennings, Shumpert, and Burks all on the court at the same time for a very athletic and fast paced lineup. Imagine Mbah a Moute and Sanders in there as well, and you have yourself a very intriguing lineup. Sanders ran the break with Jennings last season and it resulted in easy points for Milwaukee. With a lineup full of athleticism and scoring power, the Bucks could be producing more points. 

When June 23 rolls around, let’s hope the Milwaukee Bucks make some good decisions and draft immediate impact players like Alec Burks.

Zach Herring also writes for Wisconsin Sports Talk!