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Team uses No. 9 pick on versatile swingman

Published: Thursday, June 24 2010 6:28 p.m. MDT

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Not Asleep

Thanks Bugoff, you're a voice of reason in a cacaphony of negativity. Everything I read and heard was that most of the best bigs had been picked and the rest that were available were all projects of sorts. Cole Aldrich kept been compared to Ostertag and there was questions whether he will contribute immediately. The assessment that KOC is one of the most respected GMs of the league is spot on. I trust them and I think Hayward is going to surprise. To just knee-jerk pick a Big (read: panic because that is your most pressing need and not pick the BEST available at the time) is not smart management. The draft is over-rated for what it can do for a team like the Jazz (we don't need a world-altering player for us). We need a Big, yes, a very pressing need but I don't think the draft was going to produce that for us because of our spot at #9. I think that is going to come from a trade or the progress of Fes (Koufus is not getting it in my opinion).

9er4life

The jazz are in a bad state right now. They definitely need new leadership starting at the top with miller. he's not involved like his dad and is leading the jazz in the wrong direction. but at least this will lead to more lottery picks, that's definitely the good news. but with more lottery picks, they still have the same idiots drafting these white, slow players. very sad.

Jazz-Nation

I AM A TRUE JAZZ FAN FOR LIFE. I WILL SUPPORT MY TEAM THROUGH ALL THE GOOD AND POSSIBLY BAD, ALTHOUGH IT HAS BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE HAVE SEEN BAD. I ADMIT TO BEING ONE WHO SCRATCHED MY HEAD IN WONDER, WHEN THIS PICK WAS ANNOUNCED, BUT I DID NOT BOO. I ALSO ADMIT I SCRATCHED MY HEAD IN WONDER WHEN THE SECOND PICK WAS ANNOUNCED. ALL I AM SAYING IS THAT I HAVE ENJOYED A WINNING TRADITION AS A JAZZ FAN AND I DONT SEE THAT CHANGING ANY TIME SOON. GO JAZZ!!

Dennis

The Jazz haven't had an EQ president since Stockton retired. This kid fits the bill perfectly. Well done O'Connor. RM looking kids are the rage in the league now.

Not So Fast

To be clear 9er4life, you don't like the pick because he is white? He isn't slow.

Henry Drummond

I think we've been so fixated on the draft that people forget that needs are filled through free agency and trades as well. There just wasn't anyone available that could immediate help at center or power forward through the draft. Gordon makes perfect sense if you're looking to add someone through the draft that will help you in the future. He could very easily turn into a Kirelenko style player without the mood swings. Gordon has nothing to worry about. When you play your first game you won't have all those people who just show up for the free hot dogs and drinks and who act like jerks.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt

He can afford a haircut now.

Not So Fast

Fan over react but Kevin Pritchard, formerly of the Blazers, is a pretty great GM. The Jazz choose stability, but a change would be exciting and Pritchard is among the best IMHO.

Cameron

When this kid is a borderline All Star and free agency bekons, he'll remember the boos.

Big_Ben

Hayward actually had one of the better times in the 3/4 court sprint. Faster than babbitt and aminu actually. He just does not have quickness, so that will be a concern. He is in good shape, He is a hard worker. I dont like the pick, but ill cheer for him. If he doesnt pan out, I think Oconnor is a goner.

jazzman3030

Thanks for removing my previous post admin. I hope Dwill leaves. You Mormon finger pointers deserve it.

Big_Ben

Here is an idea: Tell me what you think. The kings have seemingly too many big men now with Whiteside, Landry, Thompson, Dalembert, and Cousins. None of those guys deserves to be a 5th guy in a five man rotation, though I think it will be whiteside.

I would love to grab Thompson from them. I dont know who they would want in return. Maybe CJ, since he is an expiring deal with similar salaries. That amkes the Hayward pick make more sense. Thompson could start at center or power forward, but i would love to get him.

LivinLarge

This should have the Lakers shaking in their shoes...

MenaceToSociety

First comment from Todd- completely unknowledgable and wrong. Go figure. If Todd has no idea how Hayward plays, why get in with the first comment and show everyone how unknowledgable he really is?

Hayward has very good skills and seems to know how to play the game. He was fun to watch in the NCAA tournament. Let's hope his skills translate to the NBA more like Stephen Curry and less like Adam Morrison. I could see it going either way. But I don't know how that will play out, and neither does any Jazz fan.

If the Jazz front office thought Hayward was the best player available, I'm glad they took him. An undersized big like Patterson or Davis would be less help against the Lakers than Boozer or Milsap. The only guys with the size and ability in the draft to possibly help the Jazz against the Lakers were Cousins, Monroe, Favors, and MAYBE Udoh. Guess what Jazz fans- they were all gone before the Jazz picked. O'Connor can't force teams to give up those high draft picks. This is not a video game. It is the real world, the NBA.

patriot

If you watched the national championship game vs Duke Hayward was great. Very veritle player that can shoot and drive to the basket. He can play the 2 guard or he can sub in at small forward. My preference would be to put him at the 2 guard. Remember, there are alot of tall 2 guards in the league - Colby Bryant is 6'7" and the Jazz are too short there. I think Hayward will be alot like Bryon Russell who can play the 2 or the 3 spot.No question the Jazz still need to go get some long tall players - probably from Brazil, Spain or Russia.

jcrotty25

Well Menacetosociety your wrong as well bc there were still bigs that are long enough and athletic enough to pair with our very good team who could excell....Larry Sanders and Hasan Whiteside we could have easily had both of them as well as a nice little rebounder athlete named Stanley Robinson ... COME ON OCONNER ... all we need is athletes who can block shots play D jump and finish around the rim!!!!! then we can compete with the lakers look at OKC they have some nobody at center who can block shots and is a monsterbeast on the boards and look how close OKC came to beating the lakers in large part bc of how their bigs played vs the lakers bigs..!!!! I love Hayward but seriously add some more picks and get some of these GEM's that slip in the draft to go with him ... thats your problem KOC you cant make trades ... i agree with those who want to get portland's old GM he allways makes solid moves through the draft and trades ...

Big_Ben

I think that right now, Boozer is gone. And that is just fine with me. It looks to me like we are not gearing up for a run this year. It looks to me like we are shooting for 2011/2012. Next year, we have some salary cap room (probably about 20 million) we can bring in a couple of solid players. I hope this year we really give koufus a chance. I want to see if we can count on him to be our four or five of the future. I see the potential, I just hope we can see something from him this year.

billyjack

Some information many Utah Jazz sports fans may have forgotten.

We drafted Ante Tomic a few years ago a 7'1" center who is averaging 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds with a 63% shooting percent for his overseas team. He is considered one of the best in his league.

Tadija Dragicevic who the Jazz drafted in 2008 is a 6'9" 222 lbs PF who will play for the Jazz in their summer league in Orlando in a few weeks.

Gordon Hayward shot 30% from 3 point range because he was the go to guy and people collapsed on him in college.

I would trust Walt Perin and Jazz scouting department over some fans at a draft party or on a message site.

Let this all play out. As far as Boozer he plays no defense so let him go.

If Hayward replaces Korver that is fine too since Korver does not play as good of defense as Matthews and others like Price.

We will be just fine if Fez can quit being intimidated and play the game. He is still figuring out how to play.

DocSarvis

Any poster on here who says that Luke Babbitt and Paul George are better players than Hayward, know nothing about basketball. I've seen all 3 a number of times over the past year. Hayward is as athletic as George, but plays hard every minute, which George doesn't do. All Babbitt likes to do is stand outside the 3 point line and fire away. Not only that, George is known for his bad attitude and laziness, and Babbitt is a prima donna crybaby with a work aversion. There is no doubt whatsoever that Hayward is a better player right now, and will be in the future.

Fred704

If everything goes well, Hayward may fit well in Utah's offensive system. However, I don't see him in 100 years being able to match up with elite SF in the league such as LBJ, Melo, and Durant or good SF. He will be burned in a second. He might grow into an Okur-like starter, with good offense and poor defense. Therefore, I don't see him a starter on that championship Jazz team (if there is any in the future). I guess the 9th pick has been used for a future bench player/ sub-par starter at best.

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