Burks was injured and unable to play for a second season in a row due to a fractured fibula and shoulder injury, but expects to make a full recovery in time to start in his place next season.
Although he has only played a total of 58 games in the past two years, his best season averages so far are 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Burks can definitely help a Jazz team building to become a contender, but can only help them when he can stay on the floor consistently.
Burks told the Salt Lake Tribune that he doesn’t plan to change the way he plays or his fearless aggressiveness despite the injuries.
“I’m fearless,” said Burks. If I ever felt like that, I wouldn’t be out there. If I change my game, I feel like I change my future. So I don’t want to change. I may change a little bit, pick and choose, but I’ve got to play fearless. That’s how I play.”
Although there is no actual timetable given for Burks to return to play, the Jazz expect him to be ready for training camp after the summer. They need him healthy and ready to play. The addition of his play would help build upon what they did this season, and raise hopes for a possible playoff berth next season.
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