Philadelphia 76ers: Future outlook of Alec Burks in Philadelphia

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The short tenure of Alec Burks doesn’t seem to bode well for his future with the Philadelphia 76ers moving beyond this season.

Alec Burks isn’t like most players on the Philadelphia 76ers roster. He and Glenn Robinson III were acquired at the trade deadline from the Golden State Warriors for three future second round picks. His impressive run with the Warriors, paired alongside his short stint with the Sixers, makes his future in Philly very uncertain.

Before being acquired by the 76ers, Burks was having a career season. The lowly Warriors had the rely on the veteran for scoring due to injuries and a very young roster. In Golden State, he was averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, while converting 37.3 percent of his 3-pointers.

Those types of stats would get him a pretty big contract this offseason, however, the Warriors traded him and his numbers on the Sixers have dipped. With Philly this season, he’s averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while making 32.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

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Part of Burks’ struggles are due to the decreased role and minutes, but the bigger issue hampering the veteran’s production is the change in the role he’s experienced with the 76ers. The Warriors had him as a ball dominate shooting guard, but the Sixers are using him as a backup point guard.

While he has some playmaking skills and could be considered a combo guard, making him a full-time point guard has produced some negative results. Burks can probably get more money elsewhere and get to be put in a role that brings out the best in his game by another team.

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Due to how the Philadelphia 76ers are using him, plus the fact that he can probably get a bigger contract next season, him having a future with the franchise beyond this season seems unlikely.