Getting to know the 2013-2014 Utah Jazz (19 items)
We are in the second week of the NBA pre-season and the Jazz still have many decisions to make. As the move towards the youth movement continues, which players are going and which are staying?
While we may not find out for another week or two, let's take a look and get to know the 20 Jazz players competing for the final roster spots.
In addition to information about the team from Deseret News Jazz writer Jody Genessy, DeseretNews.com has brought together highlights and stats from each player.
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1 of 19. Trey Burke
Prior to NBA: University of Michigan
The 2013 national player of the year struggled at times during his summer league debut, but his fellow teammates believe in his talent, competitiveness, leadership and playmaking abilities. These are the reasons why the Jazz traded two first round picks (14th and 21st) for the floor general Minnesota selected ninth overall.
Burke was considered to be best point guard in the draft this year and will have many opportunities to show what he can do, as the Jazz head into the season as one of the youngest teams in the league.
2 of 19. John Lucas III
Prior to NBA: Oklahoma State University
In a somewhat surprising move, the Utah Jazz signed free agent veteran Lucas. One reason it was so surprising is the Jazz passed on last year's backup Jamaal Tinsley. The Jazz obviously like what they see in John Lucas and feel that he will be a great mentor to Trey Burke.
During the 2011-2012 season, Lucas played an NBA career-best 49 games (two starts) and averaged 7 points, 2 assists, 1.6 rebounds in 14 minutes. Lucas shot 39 percent behind the arc (27th in the NBA) and 87 percent from the line. He led the team in scoring six times and in assists on five occasions. Lucas scored 10 or more points in 15 games, including four games with more than 20-plus points.
3 of 19. Ian Clark
Prior to NBA: Belmont University
Undrafted combo guard Clark made a name for himself after his great performance at the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas.
Playing for the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark showed off his abilities as he turned in one the best performances of the summer league with his 33-point performance in the championship game.
The Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and the Utah Jazz all expressed interest in him. Luckily for Jazz fans, the 6-3, 175 combo guard, choose the Utah Jazz as his home.
4 of 19. Alec Burks
Prior to NBA: University of Colorado
Burks was drafted by the Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft. While Burks has shown flashes of brilliance, he hasn't had a lot opportunities to show what he can do. This year will certainly be different. Burks will have a major role with the team and will be counted on early to help carry the team.
Last year Burks had many memorable games, such as his 14 points in 22 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs, as well as his 19 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals performance against Milwaukee.
5 of 19. Justin Holiday
Prior to NBA: University of Washington
Many people know Holiday as just the brother of Jrue Holiday. He played college basketball at the University of Washington and has been fighting his way up the NBA ladder.
Last season, Holiday played in nine games in the NBA averaging 15 minutes per game. He shot 33 percent percent from the field, 25 percent from behind the arc, 75 percent from the line and 4 points per game.