Alec Burks’ quest to be new Dunk Champ begins

Alec Burks has made it known for some time that he wants to dethrone his teammate and buddy, Jeremy Evans, as the NBA’s Slam Dunk champion.

The athletic leaper hooked up with roster hopeful Chris Quinn for one of the best alley-oop dunks of the preseason on Friday.

The 6-foot-6 second-year guard elicited oohs and aahs while goofing off above the rim after this morning’s shootaround.

Pardon my poor videography skills, but take a look at his final dunk — a soaring leap that included him bouncing the ball off the court, catching it and passing it between his legs en route to a windmill jam. (My bad angle prevented me from videoing him from the beginning.)

This dunk wasn’t quite as impressive as the one he did while Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was being interviewed, either. Burks passed that one to himself off of the backboard.

“Young guys,” Corbin said, laughing after Burks’ first dunk. “They’re just young.”

Just like The Milkman used to do during his NBA playing days, right?

“No, no, no,” Corbin said, smiling. “They’re just young guys.”

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Jody Genessy

Jody Genessy is the Utah Jazz beat writer for the Deseret News. To answer some of your questions: 1) Yes, he travels everywhere the Jazz do. 2) No, he doesn't fly on the team charter. 3) No, he can't sneak you into the game, let you take notes for him or get you tickets (sorry, Mom). 4) Yes, he realizes that other people out there have to work for a living so he's a lucky dude. 5) Yes, he usually answers questions in the third person.

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