Alec Burks (born July 20, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Utah Jazz as the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, but made his first pro start in his third year with the team. Burks primarily plays the shooting guard position.
He played for the Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team during his college years, and was most notably the school’s first-ever Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010. As a sophomore, Burks was statistically the eighteenth-best scorer in the Division I. With Colorado, he missed only a single college game. Burks also gained national attention following his nomination to the Big-12 First Team in second season with the Buffaloes. He entered the 2011 NBA draft shortly after his sophomore year, projected to be a first-round draft pick despite playing just two seasons at Colorado.
On October 25, 2012, the Jazz exercised their third-year team option on Burks’ rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2013–14 season. On October 29, 2013, the Jazz exercised their fourth-year team option on Burks’ rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season. On January 13, 2014, he scored a career-high 34 points in a 118–103 win over the Denver Nuggets.
On October 31, 2014, Burks signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Jazz. On December 30, 2014, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season due to a shoulder injury.
2011-12 FLEER RETRO ROOKIE SENSATION ALEC BURKS
Career highlights and awards
First-team All-Big 12 (2011)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2010)
Big 12 All-Rookie Team (2010)