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Published: Tuesday, April 5 2011 12:16 a.m. MDT

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Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

If one of the brightest young stars thought you were good...you probably doing something right...KD is humble and calls it like it is...so coming from him...it must be something...though KD still has lots to learn...but he is one of the NBA's elites at a very young age...

BYU/Jazz fan
West Valley, UT

Wow, I had no idea Gordon was doing this well or actually shooting that well from the 3. Perhaps there is a bright spot for the future, I just hope it doesn't get traded away or leave in free agency as well.

Go Jazz!

CocoNutzz
Salt Lake City, UT

Horny+Hayward=44.8%

Horny+Hayward+offseason=korvers record breaking year

Hayward has so much talent that with the right tutelage, hard work, and support from his teammates he can be a special player for us. He's got very high basketball IQ especially for a rookie, and to think its only going to get better.

Keep working on your game Hayward and you can become that leader the Jazz are lacking right now.

Captain L
Provo, UT

I love what Hayward has been showing he has in regard to his game. I love how he can do so many things well, just like Watson commented on. I see Hayward starting next year and becoming a leader on this team, something that is very much needed.

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

I was beginning to think that Hayward might become a bust, but he has really played well over the last month. ESPN currently has him as the 28th best rookie, but I have a feeling he'll climb the ladder by year's end and be ready to be a solid contributor next year.

If you look at photos of Hayward in uniform at Butler and compare them to now you can really tell that he's gained some muscle, lets hope he continues to work hard.

The Jazz may have gotten the 9th overall pick right after all- we'll know for sure by 2013.

Bugoff
Houston, TX

KOC said to give him 2 years. He was a Soph when he left college. I will judge him next year but he does tend to stay in front of his man on D. He does tend to hit a good percentage of his shots. He does his part to run the offense the way it is supposed to be run. He is a good rebounder. He can kind of play PG or point forward if needed.

His biggest weakness appears to be that he does not take shots that he should. That is fixable.

Funny how playing time makes a big difference in the quality of play for many players.

He is another player who seemed to play better when Sloan retired. Sloan gave him chances to start. I am sure Sloan liked him. I suspect that some aspects of Sloan's personality had a negative effect on some young players.

Sometimes they need a kick but often they need encouragement.

EyeDeeTenTee
Miamisburg, OH

Well, he doesn't have to worry about the expected playoff appearance, unless he has tickets. Jody Genessy needs to learn math, unless he wrote this article before the Jazz were eliminated from the playoffs when they lost to the laa... the lake.... The team that shall not be named. Unless Mr. Genessy meant the Jazz lost the expected playoff appearance like they lost Coach Jerry.

Remember: You are special. Just like everyone else.

Anonigma
Murray, UT

His height is what makes him really special. There's not many 6'8'' people who can play PG and PF at the same time. (Remember, he played PF in college, also remember that he's taller than Paul Milsap)
He increased his 3 point percentage by 14% from college. That is a tremendous upgrade.
I just hope they don't trade away Hayward or Evans. They both seem to improve each other.

The Great Houdini
Rye, CO

His work ethic is what will separate him from the others,even when he is missing his shots he plays smart and will help the team in many ways,hopefully our starting 2 / 3 for many years to come,there is a reason Sloan liked this kid so much.GO JAZZ!

doc33
Las Vegas, NV

There is no question Hayward has NBA talent, but unfortunately, he has a junior varsity physique. He really needed those other 2 years in college to develop his body.

If fact, I am sure Butler would have beaten UConn last night if Hayward would have been in the Bulldog's lineup. Hayward was their go-to-guy who could create for himself as well as for his teammates.

scalman
Temecula, CA

Great hearing positives from Watson and Durant on Hayward. Comparison to Manu opened my eyes a little bit...only thing I was worried about concerning Hayward was his lateral quickness after hearing that from certain scouts, but it looks like he is doing just fine staying with the opponents he guards. Manu and the other Spurs all try and succeed usually at tough, man-to-man defense. I knew all along from seeing him in college that Hayward could body, had a strong core and legs, and could block shots well for his size. Awesome on the increased percentage on his 3 pt shooting over the year...kudos to Horny for his help, too. I look to see Hayward starting next year, maybe at SG. See Evans in dual SF/PF back-up role. Looking promising for next year, Jazz!

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

It is good to see Coach Corbin recognize and utilize the young and talented early their careers, such as Coach Sloan never did.

Although the Jazz has been through some extremely disappointing losses (beginning at the time of the overdue retirement of Jerry Sloan), in the long run Sloan's departure will be a real blessing to the team.

Fans, however, are slow to see and quick to criticize the new.

They're extremely impatient and unrealistically loyal to Sloan.

That is especially true because the team has, for many years, been to the playoffs, rivaling the record of almost all other NBA teams.

The salient statistic regarding all those playoff appearances is the undeniable numbers that show Jerry's teams ALWAYS fell short, content playing the roll of bridesmaid and also-ran.

I for one look to the future and heartily welcome Coach Corbin.

I very much anticipate a more rational approach to the utilization of young talent, ceasing to park it on the bench.

He will indeed build a verifiable winning team in Utah.

Using the old and tired to backup to the young and talented will be a boon to the Utah Jazz of the future.

Doctor J
Manti, UT

He will be fine!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He will be more special when he stops throwing the ball to the other team.

Motappin
Sandy, UT

I love Gordon. His attitude & work ethic remind me of another guy named John Stockton. Different position, same outlook. He's a nice kid and has great potential. He'll be a great ball player, and one with his head on straight. I think his attitude makes him a great fit here, and I see him staying a good long time. Don't let this kid get away, Jazz. He could be the shooter we need and a catalyst for the team's future.

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tom jr.
north ogden, uT

The demise of the Utah Jazz began with the retirement of Matt Harpring and accelerated with the loss of Wesley Matthews which led, in my view, to the dissatisfaction of Deron Williams and the resignation of Jerry Sloan. The worst decision the Jazz ever made was to lose Matthews, a blue collar, defensive minded, drive to the rim, play every minute type of guy, like Harpring. This is not to say the Jazz can't regroup and become a decent team again, but a team with Jefferson, Millsap, Hayward, Favors, Matthews and Williams, well, that's the stuff dreams are made of. Corbin may turn out to be a good coach, but I wonder if the Jazz ever considered hiring Matt Harpring, a young Jerry Sloan.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Can we really trust what Durrant? I mean if I am Durrant and I see my opponent shooting 1-10.....I am hoping he plays every time we match up too!

1-10?....He should be starting! LOL!

byronbca
Salt Lake City, UT

Re Tom Jr:
I really liked Mathews too, but I hate to break this to you but he's a mediocre 2 guard who will never make an all star team and who has already hit his ceiling. Your starting lineup is a pipe dream too. The simple fact is that the Jazz had to choose between Mathews and Jefferson, they couldn't afford to get both of them, the Jazz are not the lakers or Knicks who can throw money at every problem they have.

As for Hayward I think he could develop into exactly the type of heady, Hard nose player the Jazz need.

JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

What he needs is a special haircut.

Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

Goooorrrddddaaannn!

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