Alec Burks has had a rollercoaster of a season thus far. It’s his 13th year in the NBA, so people already knew what Burks had to offer on a nightly basis. He started the year playing as he was expected to and was lights out from deep while offering veteran play across the court. An injury after just four games, however, really threw off his season.
Burks would be inactive due to his injury for six games, and once he came back, he didn’t skip a beat. However, his continued success was not long lasting. After a close loss to Denver, Burks began a stretch where he was incredibly cold offensively. His minutes began to dip, but as I mentioned earlier, Burks has been in the league long enough to know what he can do.
Monty allowed Burks to push through his struggles, and over the last five games, he has looked like the Alec Burks of previous years (and also the beginning of the season). Alec is averaging 16 points, while shooting almost 45 percent from deep. This spacing is vital for the rest of the team, Cade especially. When good players are in a rut, they painfully fight through. It seems as though Burks was doing just that.