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Colorado's Alec Burks the second steal of our mock draft for the Utah Jazz. 12. Utah Jazz – Alec Burks, PG/SG, Colorado, 6-6, 191 Okay, so…approximately two hours into our mock and here is the Utah roster: PG- Devin Harris (28), Earl Watson (31) Ronnie Price (27) SG- C.J. Miles (24), Raja Bell (34) SF- Perry Jones (19), Gordon Hayward (21), Andrei Kirilenko (30) PF- Paul Milsap (26), Derrick Favors (19) C- Al Jefferson (26), Kyrylo Fesenko (24), Mehmet Okur (31) It may not be billed as such, but I think it's an exciting time to be a Utah Jazz fan. With Jefferson, Milsap and Harris, the Jazz have a strong base of young but proven veterans, and with Favors, Jones, and this upcoming pick, they are about to have as hefty a collection of incoming talent as exists in the league. Look at the trio of athletes you'd be grooming behind (or in Jones' case, in) an already potent starting lineup. For the first time in a long time, Utah would have stockpiled the length and athleticism to deal with their sizable Western nemeses (be it the Lakers or whoever takes their place) rather than accept annual second-round defeat. Utah is taking massive steps in the right direction#8212;more so than had they kept Deron Williams even#8212;when only a month ago they appeared to be floundering. Let's take a look at Burks, one of my favorite players in the drat. While they're not mirror images on the court (nor is Burks as tenacious), you will find a lot of Russell Westbrook-esque tidbits in Burks' scouting report. An under-recruited late-bloomer who's only real flaws are A) a streaky perimeter shot and B) that he's yet to add weight. That's Alex Burks, and there's a lot to like in what's not said there. The Colorado guard is long, athletic and has great scoring instincts#8212;he can put up numbers even when his shot is off. He's an explosive leaper with capability to finish around the rim over NBA bigs, and the quickness to get there in the first place. Burks is slight but very aggressive in attacking the basket, and according to nbadraft.net, he has the makings of being an excellent outside shooter#8212;he has “great lift, a high release, fluid motion, plus he's a 78% ft shooter.” Chad Ford thinks otherwise, and I think this is the biggest point of contention between analysts#8212;how much can his shot improve? Ford: How interested are you in a shooting guard who can't shoot? That's the problem Burks has faced this season. He excels at getting to the basket but his jumper is still very much a work in progress. He's just 22-for-77 from behind the arc (29 percent) and his overall efficiency level has dropped this season as teams have focused on him. I tend to think it will get there, for the reasons aforementioned by nbadraft.net. Burks doesn't shoot a ‘Joakim Noah'#8212;the form is solid#8212;and by all account he seems to be a hard worker. His shot will improve, at least to the level where it won't take away what he does well. Furthermore, consider that the NBA game (far more than the NCAA) favors the athletic. Burks ability to get to the rim will be a boon from day one, and the improvement from the perimeter represent his upside only. Defensively, he has quick feet, long arms and has shown a willingness to knuckle down on that end of the floor. Here, his only real weaknesses are fixable. Burks needs to add strength but is only 19 and appears to have to frame to do so, and he's still learning the nuances of the game, but is already in the process. At worst, a very solid, very athletic perimeter slasher for the new-look Jazz.At best, one of the better 2's in the league. (Previous pick: Brandon Knight – Golden State Warriors) (Upcoming pick: Phoenix Suns)

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