Alec Burks has proven to be a productive offensive threat when he’s available for work, which hasn’t been often over the past three seasons. The Jazz shooting guard will add to his games-missed tally after his latest setback induced surgery.
Burks underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair his left ankle — a debridement, in medical terms. The sixth-year Utah backcourt cog will be out indefinitely, depriving the Jazz of some bench offense.
This marks the third leg surgery for Burks over the past year. He missed most of last season after suffering a fractured left fibula and underwent an additional knee procedure this offseason. This came after a 2014-15 season condensed to 27 games due to a severe shoulder injury that required surgery. Burks has played just 58 games since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, and in that time has seen Rodney Hood commandeer the Jazz’s starting shooting guard position.
This adds to the Jazz’s injury ward, with Gordon Hayward also out for a while with a severe finger injury. Utah has compiled a deep roster and is a threat to return to the playoffs, but for the time being will be without two of its top scorers.
Burks has scored at least 13 points per game in each of the past three seasons, but only the 2013-14 performance counted toward a substantial contribution. The former first-round pick out of Colorado played in 78 games that season and started 14, injecting off-the-bench energy in the form of a career-high 14.0 points per game.
The 25-year-old will back up Hood and be a guard option alongside George Hill and Dante Exum should he recover to the point he’s game-ready again.