Insightful article. I know that there are some fans out there who are already
claiming that he's a bust, that they drafted the wrong player, they should
package him in a trade or something. Truth be told I was also one of the fans
who questioned management when they drafted Hayward. But looking at it now a few
months later after having had the opportunity to see him play on our team I can
safely say that this kid has the potential to be real good. Is he going to be
next Michael Jordan? No but with enough experience he can be a very solid
contributor. Sure, he is struggling as of now but like the article states he is
only 20 years old, living by himself for the very first time in a new city while
at the same time trying to compete in the NBA a place where most of us will
never be able to play. So just be patient, he'll come around.
Hayward wont get a lot of sympathy from me. Hayward is not the only young man to
have to endure a rookie season and a new home and be out of your comfort zone.
The true test for any future pro, is how will you respond? Will you compete?
Curl up in the fetal and wish you were back in college? Hayward has a lot to
prove. I like him so far as a person, but his basketball game has not impressed
me yet. I know this Jazz team needs a shooter and an energy guy, someone who can
contribute on offense as well as defense. Keep working hard "AIR
GORDON"! Jazz Nation wants you to succeed! GO JAZZ!!
the one thing i see is he is very smart. He knows the game very well. He is a
great passer, and a good rebounder. His defense is better than i thought it
would be.If his shot comes around he is going to be just fine.
I like him and hope he does well, but it would be so much simpler and better for
all if the pros had to wait for a potential draft pick to complete four years of
college or the equivalent. I am sure Sloan would prefer that and it might weed
out some real busts.
I like Gordon Hayward! He is going to be good. I can't wait to see him prove
alot of people wrong. Once he is comfortable with Jerry Sloan basketball,he will
shine. Good kid, good pick.
AIR GORDAN lol that could be his new nickname. @Richie that doesn't seem like a
bad idea. If the NBA would mandate a 4 year waiting rule then players wouldn't
be able to go pro until they have fully developed. This is one of the reasons
why players such as Wesley Mathews and Tim Duncan are able to be effective right
from the get-go because they stayed all 4 years of college. But this subject has
been debated over the years time and time again I don't think the league will
ever agree to do such a thing.
It is hard to say that he is a bust right now but on the other hand a player
drafted in the top ten should be on the roster not in the Development
league--worst case a bench player best case, a ball player and real contributor
. Let's face reality. He has a better chance of being Walter Palmer at this
point than John Stockton. Some of us would take Bobby Hansen at this point.
But it's not looking good...P.S. With rare exceptions one can
improve their shot. But the vast majority of time, that doesn't happen. You
actually shoot worse in the pros because the defense is better. Even John
Stockton shooting percentage worse in the pros but the good news was that he
shot about 55% in college. So going down a few percentage points was more than
tolerable. For Hayward it isn't...
I see Hayward getting more minutes by playoff time. I see Miles and Bell coming
off the bench next year and Hayward starting, either at shooting guard or small
forward. It's going to be fun.
It's been proven over time that drafting players into the NBA is a real crap
shoot. There have been lottery picks much higher than Hayward that were a bust
in the pros, and then you have an example like Mathews that wasn't even drafted
and it looks like he will really shine in the NBA. Hayward seems athletic enough
and smart enough to make the transition, but I guess only time will tell if he
can become a valuable asset for the Jazz. I hope so!
Nice dreams scalman.............Hayward doesnt have an NBA body.
For that reason, he will not succeed in the league.
hi,do we have any draft picks this year, and if not do you think they will
bring over tomac from spain this year. go hayward and evens. always fun to see
the rookies do well. hope they sign them and not lose them like wes. any i don't
think wes would be scoring high like he is in portland as even the bad bad teams
have some players play so many minutes they have to score higher as portland has
injury problems, go jazz.
hayward is really nba smart and i think he will be a great nba coach someday or
at least a collage coach.
@miles - doesn't have an NBA body? He is a taller more athletic version of
Hornacek. With Horny has his mentor, he will be a solid contibutor by next year.
Miles has had 6 years to develop and still takes bonehead shots in the 4th
quarter, also CJ is a much slower defender. CJ had a good year last year because
Mathews, an undrafted rookie, was outplaying him and actually taught him how to
take it to the rim. This year CJ is back to his inconsistant self....He is a
back up player and always will be, unless someone can bestow upon him some
basketball smarts.....it's a shame to see his talent wasted...
I too was one of the fans who yelled "WHAT?" when I saw his name and
face right after we picked him. I was sure hoping for Udoh! But, now that we
are 1/4 of the way thru the season, who else in the lottery would we want?
Evans is benched, Udoh and Wall have been hurt, and Monroe is a bust. Even with
20/20 hindsight, who else in the top 20 has played more and/or better than
Gordon? Not a well represented draft IMHO.
Correction - not "Evans is benched" - I meant Evan Turner. Sorry
5 points, 3 boards, 3 assists and a +17 in one quarter of a come from behind
road win. Umm ya I think I'll take him on my team any time. He has struggled but
has proved that he can improve so all of you that are impatient and expecting a
20 year old to be an all star right away in a system not meant for rookies to
excell, keep selling your "Hayward stock" and I'll buy it.
phnehme............CJ is the reason the Jazz are a much improved team this year.
Matthews nor Hayward are half the player.Comparing him to Hornacek?
Hornacek was an outside shooter who could make his shots. Hayward doesn't even
play the same position as Hornacek. What does one have to do with the other?
Trust me, Hayward will not be in the league after his contract
expires in 3 years.
I guess it impossible to like CJ and Hayward at the same time. Makes sense to
Say Mr. C.J. in Texas what planet do you live on? You have a lot of guts
declaring something like Haywards failure after seeing what the C.J. that plays
for the Jazz has just put this franchise through. You talk about inmaturity,
this Jazz player trying to play now still has a long way to go as for mental
smartness. He should work in a tire shop because the one thing he does alot of
is "jack" them up!
First of all, Hayward is SO SO cute. Ah man.Second off, you have to give
him a chance. He's 20 years old. I'm pretty sure the majority of the 20 year
olds out there will NEVER make it to the NBA, or anything in the professional
sports category.SO,leave him alone, and let him play his game.He's got a lot to prove, and he's definitely got it in him.