01-06-2013, 03:58 AM
5-time NBA All-Star
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Peking, P.R.C., Asia
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DENVER Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin gave a
somewhat surprising answer when asked to assess Alec Burks' grasp of being an
NBA point guard, a task the second-year player will presumably be given more
often in Mo Williams' six-week-or-so absence.
Interestingly, Corbin did not focus on the pros and
cons of a Burks-led Jazz offense.
"I thought defensively he's getting better," Corbin
said in the wake of the former Colorado standout being handed ballhandling
responsibilities for a good chunk of the second quarter Friday in Phoenix.
"He has to learn defensively how to play guys, stay
between the guys, sometimes pressure the guy."
Corbin believes it's tougher for younger NBA players
to get the hang of playing point guard from a defensive standpoint than it is
for them to learn and implement the intricacies involved in running a complex
"There is a lot of responsibility on the defensive
point guard," Corbin said. "When you take a young guy like Alec or even a Randy
(Foye) or Gordon (Hayward), point guards naturally, then it is a difficult
adjustment at times."
Corbin liked what he saw from Burks on the offensive
end in the Jazz win Friday. Combined with what he's seen in practice, the Jazz
coach said he feels comfortable putting the 6-foot-6 guard in the playmaker
position more often in the future if deemed necessary.
Burks' number is most likely to be called, Corbin
added, when opponents go into a zone defense and the Jazz need some offensive
punch from their point guard.
"Offensively, we can put the ball in his hands,"
Corbin said. "You look at the play he made
at the end of the half (a reverse
layup Friday). Not a lot of guys can make that play for us go under the basket
and make a reverse shot like he did.
"He gives us something on the offensive end," Corbin
added, "but we've got to make sure he grows on the defensive end also."
Burks cracked a slight smile when asked about that
burst to the basket he made in Phoenix on Friday, giving Utah some momentum
heading into half of the 87-80 win.
"Everybody know I can get to the basket," he said, "so
it was good that it could get in."
Burks is certain people are less aware of his point
guard abilities mostly because the bulk of his playmaker minutes happened in
summer league and preseason.
He quickly claimed to be "real comfortable" running
the Jazz offense.
"I used to play point before I hit a growth spurt, so
it's nothing new to me playing point," he said. "I don't think most people have
seen me play it, but I can play it."
Burks played 17 minutes in Saturday's 110-91 loss, but
he didnt get any point guard time with the game on the line.
Looks like they might have their young pg afterall?