The Utah Jazz have made their decisions, as they will exercise the options on both Alec Burks and Enes Kanter. Does Kanter deserve it?
According to Grantland writer Zach Lowe, “Kanter hasn't done quite enough to justify a monster $5.7 million fourth-year option, but that's due to playing time issues; Kanter didn't play in college, and he's been No. 4 in Utah's big-man pecking order. He barely cracked 1,000 minutes last season, much fewer than we'd expect from a No. 3 selection working as a full-time rotation player on a .500 team.”
Based on what we've seen from Enes so far he'll be a bargain at that price. He's just continued to get better unlike the much more hyped Favors. I think he's barely scratched the surface of what he is capable of and now with Karl Malone involved in his growth it could really be exciting to see what he can bring to the table.
Burks is an interesting combo player who can play both the point guard position as well as shooting guard. With a little more experience, Burks could prove to be a steal when he was picked 12th by the Jazz in the 2011 NBA draft.
“Burks has the toolbox of a nice rotation cog," Lowe said of Burks. "He's got the size and wingspan of a shooting guard and enough ball-handling chops to work as a secondary pick-and-roll guy. He also shot 35.9 percent from deep last season — exactly league-average, encouraging for a second-year guy who enjoys adventurous shots.”
He looks like at least a 6th man type if not a lot more. I had questions about him playing his game within the offense after his rookie year and he answered those last year. Can't wait to see what he does with regular minutes for the first time.
The big questions are on Favors and Hayward's possible extensions right now.