Alec Burks has been with the Jazz his entire career, now going into his 8th season. I thought for sure he’d be the longest-tenured Jazzman, but I totally forgot about Derrick Favors who has been around for a quarter-season longer. Think about all the sweet players the Jazz have had in the last decade, and now think about how vaguely underwhelming Burks’ career has been. Yet he’s still around. Why?
Because he’s still got a bit of that “Houdini” magic left in him. It doesn’t appear with the regularity that it did a few years ago, but it’s there. There and ready to burst out of him at any time, just a huge emission of pure, potent magic. And when it does, you know that Craig Bolerjack is going to be there, moaning in ecstasy.
Man, I just keep going back to the roster the Jazz had when he was a rookie with them, and I’m freaking out. Big three of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, and a not-very-good-yet Gordon Hayward. But then also Jamaal Tinsley, LMAO. And Blake Ahearn, G-League free throw percentage king. Earl Watson, it’s been so long that he retired, became a coach a few years later, then got fired for being a crappy coach, while Burks is still just plugging along. God damn.