All About NBA Player Alec Burks

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Alec Burks is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Hired in the 2011 NBA draft as the 12th overall pick by Utah Jazz, Burk was an outstanding basketball player from a young age.

Since his 2011 NBA Draft appearance, Burks has come a long way, and for seven years, he was a member of the Utah Jazz.

Alec Burks in the court
Alec Burks in the court

Sadly, the NBA star’s career was limited due to various injuries. He had to sit out several seasons due to unavoidable mishaps during training and games.

This article will uncover the personal and professional life of the NBA player. Here, we discuss his early life, career, personal life, and many lesser-known facts.

Thus, make sure to go through the article till the end to find out how a boy from Missouri became a champ.

Quick Facts

But before knowing him in detail, let us have an instant glance at the quick facts.

Full Name Alec Burks
Date of Birth July 20, 1991
Birth Place Grandview, Missouri, USA
Nickname Unknown
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Zodiac Sign  Cancer
Age 31
Height 6 feet 6 inches
Weight 214 lbs
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Build Athletic
Father’s Name Steve Burks
Mother’s Name Dina Burks
Siblings One (Steve Jr.)
Sexual Orientation Straight
  • Grandview High School
  • University of Colorado
Marital Status Married
Partner Elyse Hart-Shelton
Kids (Daughter) Ashtyn Lee
Profession Professional Basketball Player
Clubs he played for
  • Utah Jazz
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • New York Knicks
NBA Draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th Overall
Position Point / Shooting Guard
NBA Seasons  11
NBA Playoffs 4
Career High 34 points
Net Worth $5 million
Currently Plays For New York Knicks
Jersey Number 18
Career Highlights & Awards
  • Big 12 All-Rookie Team (2010)
  • Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2010)
  • First-team All-Big 12 (2011)
Favorite Movie House Party
Favorite Food BBQ
Favorite Artist Jay-Z
Social Media  TwitterInstagram
Merch  Alex Buek, Utah Jazz Swingman Jersey
Last Update January, 2023

Alec Burks: Early Life, Family & Education

On July 20, 1991, Alec Burk was born in Grandview, Missouri, USA, to Steve and Dina Burks.

By nationality, he holds American citizenship and belongs to black ethnic background.

His Father, Steve, is a factory worker, and his mother, Dina, is social security worker.

Moreover, Steve was also a basketball player who used to play for the University of Washington. Alec grew up with his older brother, Steve Jr.

He had a decent childhood and attended Grandview High School from 2005 to 2009.

Alec Burks
Alec Burks

However, he was more interested in sports and started participating in various sporting events in grade six.

Alec was naturally drawn towards basketball because his Father was also a college basketball player.

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Alec Burks: Age, Height & Weight

 The NBA player is 31 years old. He enjoys his birthday every year on July 20. Thus, his zodiac sign is Cancer.

Burks is a handsome man with an attractive personality. He has got a healthy and athletic body.

Talking about his body measurement, he stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 94 kg. He has a healthy body weight to match his height.

Similarly, his black hair and dark eyes enhance his dazzling personality.

Alec Burks: Basketball Career

High School & College Career

At Grandview high school, Burks was an excellent basketball player. He was a part of the Bulldogs basketball team and averaged 23.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in his senior year.

He helped Bulldogs achieve a 29-2 record during his final year. Due to his excellent performance, Alec became a career leader in scoring points in the entire school’s history.

Similarly, Burks was named 2009 Gatorade Player of the Year for Missouri. He also became Kansas City Star and Metro Sports Player of the Year. 

Before his senior year in high school, Alec got an offer from the University of Colorado, Boulder, to play basketball for a college team. He signed a two-year letter of intent to play collegiate basketball.

Burks before his NBA Draft playing for Colorado University
Burks before his NBA Draft playing for Colorado University

Burks was a member of the Buffalo basketball team at Colorado University, which participates in NCAA Division I’s Pac-12 Conference.

During his first year (2010), Burks was named Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year and reserved the Big 12 All-Rookie Team honor.

In his second and final year with Colorado (2011), the Missouri native earned Buffaloes’s All-Big 12 honor.

Later, he dropped the remaining college season and proclaimed for the 2011 NBA Draft.

NBA Career

In the 2011 NBA Draft, Alec was selected by the Utah Jazz. He was at the end of his two-year college career.

He did not start a game in the new season, although he did appear in 59 games from the bench. Burks averaged 7.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Alec averaged 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in the second season by appearing in 64 games.

The 2013-2014 season was a turning point for the NBA player, as he averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game.

Burks recorded a career-high on January 13, 2014, when he defeated Denver Nuggets by scoring 34 points against him.

In the 2014-15 season, the shooting guard was at the peak of his career. He was Utah’s top player. However, Burks suffered from injuries and played only 27 games.

The shooting guard entered the 2014-15 season as the team’s top player; however, he suffered from injuries and appeared in only 27 games this season.

Alec’s 2015-16 season was again hampered due to another injury. He missed 50 games in that season and appeared in 31 games.

In the 2015-16 season, he averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game.

Burk’s NBA career was not easy, as in the early 2016-17 season, he experienced another injury.

As a result, the shooting guard played only 42 games and averaged 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Alec regained his luck in the 2017-2018 season, appeared in 64 games, and averaged 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Career after leaving Utah Jazz

On November 29, 2018, Jazz traded Burks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyle Korver.

Later, he was acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a three-team transaction on February 7, 2019.

On July 11, 2019, Golden State Warriors acquired Burks. But in February 2020, the Warriors traded Burks and his team-mate Glenn Robinson III  to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for three second-round draft picks.

Alec Burks in action for the Golden Warriors
Alec Burks is in action for the Golden Warriors.

On November 22, 2020, Burks signed with New York Knicks. He is currently a member of the New York Knicks.

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Injury History

The Grandview, Missouri native’s encounter with injuries started in the fourth season of the NBA. His series of injuries began with a shoulder injury.

He fractured his left fibula the following season, which he decided to fix with surgery.

Following that, for knee and ankle problems, he underwent surgery. But, the NBA star continued to have pain in them for some months before fully recovering.

Because of these injuries, he just played 100 games throughout three seasons.

Alec Burks: Wife & Children

Talking about the relationship history, Alec and Elyse Hart-Shelton met in 2014, and since then, they have been sailing a smooth relationship. 

Alec has been happily married to Elyse since 2019. Regarding their dating history, Burks met Elyse in 2014 at a friend’s birthday celebration in their hometown of Kansas, Missouri.

At first, Alec was too shy to talk to Elyse, so he asked his friend to approach her and introduce him.

An NBA player for the New York Knicks married his longtime girlfriend on August 10, 2019. The couple tied the knot at a beautiful wedding ceremony in Miami, Florida.

Alec Burks and Elyse Hart-Shelton wedding photoshoot.
Alec Burks and Elyse Hart-Shelton’s wedding photoshoot.

Previously, Alec had proposed to Elyse in March 2019 with a massive diamond ring.

Burks wore a black suit, while his wife wore a black and red wedding gown on the wedding day.

Elyse even showed their post-wedding pictures at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. She was very excited to walk down the aisle with Alec.

The couple thanked their well-wishers and supporters on Instagram for showering love throughout their romantic journey.

On March 27, 2017, the couple was blessed with a daughter named Ashtyn Lee. According to recent sources, Alec and his wife have no issues or conflicts.

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Alec Burks: Net Worth

The American NBA star has accumulated a decent amount of money from his professional career.

He is the 139th highest-paid NBA player. Alec is also the 66th highest-paid shooting guard.

He signed a contract worth $2,320,044 with the Golden State Warriors in 2019. He had previously played with NBA teams like Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings.

The net worth of Alec Burks is estimated to be around $10 million. 

Their annual average salary of Burks was $10.5 million since 2014. But he became the team’s fifth-best-paid player in 2018.

After signing a four-year contract worth $42 million with Utah Jazz, he started making enough money.

At the beginning of his career with Jazz, he signed a four-year contract worth $9.2. But Alec’s deal also increased with time because of his game improvement.

Later, he signed a three-year contract of $30 million with an average annual salary of $10 million with the New York Knicks.

This season, he is the fourth best-paid player of the New York Knicks. 

Social Media Presence

Burks is now on Instagram, but he joined Twitter in 2010. His Instagram account is not verified yet, and he doesn’t have many followers.

His Instagram id is @alecburks13, and he has only 8,920 followers.

On Instagram, Alec has posted pictures of him during games and practice. He does not share his personal life. He is pretty inactive on it.

But his Twitter account is verified, and he was an active Twitter user but not now. His username is @alecburks10, and he has 54.6k followers.

Since 2017 he has not tweeted or retweeted anything.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Alec Burks involved in a Campaign?

Alec is involved in various social and charity works as well. He hosted a fundraising Campaign, “Strikes for Kids,” to support ” The Brighton A Life Scholarship.”

In the summer of 2015, he participated in the Philippines’ NBA Fit Week to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle. 

Has Alec Burks ever sponsored?

In 2016, he sponsored a basketball camp for Kansas City’s children. Also, Burks was part of the 2013 NBA Healthy Week at Glendale Middle School.

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