I believe that there are many fans who love Hayward. However, he is not even the
best player on the Jazz team, let alone a star. When you consider those players
that were drafted before they even attended college and others after their first
year, Hayward doesn't even compare. Let's put this all in perspective.
He's a good player, not an elite one.
Coleman have you watched him play lately? Haywards a baller man.
I hardly could imagine reading this article. Hayward is improving, but a star?
He doesn't have the skills or the athleticism to be anywhere close to an
elite player in this league. At best, he may be a role player coming off the
bench but there are many more players even on the Jazz team that are far
superior when it comes to upward potential. I realize he is a likable person but
that doesn't make him a basketball player. Perhaps it would be better that
the Deseret News focus on players that have real potential, not ones they hope
O'Conner got the last laugh on the ignorant naysayers from State Street all
the way to '1280 the Zone' and 1320 KFAN. Again, I was
right on with my prediction. How about a paycheck for me to be on the radio and
enlighten the masses.Who was it the Jan Jorgersen wanted? Zimbago
Boombayyeah or something from Nigeria.Hayward was a flat out great
pick at #9. He's like a young Manu Ginobilli just trying to refine his jump
shot. If he stays healthy with his relentless play, Hayward will be a star. I
would say mark it down, but it sounds to much like ya'll know who.Hayward can run the floor, get up in the air, put the ball on the floor, lay
down quality foot work, hustle his buns off, move well laterally, play well off
contact, take a punch, pass the ball, and play defense, and score. If he can be
consistent with his improving perimeter and long range shots, he will be a star
with maturity in the years to come.
I was there on draft night and a lot of people booed the choice. They're
sure not booing now!
Emerging star? I believe his 4th quarter stats show his shooting percentages go
down. He gets a lot of open shots and misses a lot of open shots, free throws at
crucial times as well as technical foul shots. He is improving but stars make
those shots in crucial moments even as rookies and 2nd year players. Robert
Horry, Derek Fischer, Chauncy Billips were good players that made clutch shots.
If Hayward becomes on the level of those three, I think that is a huge success.
Not there yet. The stars that were always good in the clutch:
Michael, Magic, Bird, Kobe, Olajuwan, Rick Barry, Moses Malone. The
fakers were Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Lebron James. These guys are great
players within the flow of the game but always cracked under pressure.
That's bad news for Hayward... means he's almost ready to leave the
Obviously, I hope we make the playoffs this year. However, if we don't, I
truly believe that next season will be incredible if we can keep these
youngsters on our roster and provide them with more training time. The
experience they have had this shortened season has been valuable to them and
will pay off in their future. They are fun to watch, and I'm having a
difficult time picking my favorite among them. But, Gordon Hayward is right
there for me....as is Burks...as is Favors, etc. etc. etc. But Paul M. has my
heart!Go Jazzboys tonight!
Hayward is getting a chance to play and is responding well. Millsap is still my
favorite who "wears his heart on his sleeve". There are plenty of
problems with a number of overpaid individuals. Jefferson has surprised of late
with his "will to win". Favors and Kanter should be getting more
playing time. Hayward is an apt example. You play good young talent and it
develops. That is a major faux pas for the Jazz. By not doing so, they are
putting the draft pick from Minnesota at risk. This is just not good business
sense and Greg Miller is obviously a good business man with the genes of his
father. I would hope that this focus could be corrected and that somehow they
can come up with a good young point guard.
OConner deserves credit as others have stated for picking Hayward. He picked a
player that not alot of others wanted that high. OConner has
actually picked quite a bit of talent lately and done well...including on the
D-Will trade. He has a very difficult job and certainly has missed on a few in
the past but the recent crop has some big time potential.Corbin
quote from the article:"his person come out through it all, and
how he continue to work and to get better."What???My
guess is Hayward could probably help his coach out with some basic grammar and
Hayward has continued to improve, and that is definately what you want to see.
Unfortunately the jazz don't have a closer, and not many shooters. That is
why they lose to teams like the suns, sacramento, toronto, new orleans, etc.
They can't finish.
With u on that one Iowa. But he can shoot a lot better than Kirilenko. I think u
will see a 5 X 5 one of these days.
Hayward does have some resemblances to Hornacek, and even more to Havlicek . . .
but to me he's seeming more and more like the second coming of Kirilenko,
the way he fills up the stat sheet.
Captain L it's good to here from you again. It's been a while. I
always enjoy reading your posts and value your opinion.I agree O
Conner did extremely well on the Hayward selection. He did well snagging Favors,
Burks and Kanter too. Wish we had the coaches to develop them, I'm not
seeing it from Corbin and crew. Hopefully we can get it right for next year. Scalman good observation, Hayward reminds me alot of Havlicek too. I
remember watching him,along with Bill Russell and Don Nelson as a kid.
Wasn't Sam Jones on that team too? Hayward has a very similar all around
game to John Havlicek for sure. Good comparison.
Saying Hayward is like a more athletic Hornacek is insufficient. I liked
Hornacek when he was here...how could you not like one of the all-time purest
shooters who also sacrificed his body innumerable times on screens. He was a
gamer for sure. But Gordon is more like John Havlicek, look it up...the
all-around great shooting guard for the old Boston Celtics. Like Havlicek,
Hayward sometimes has a problem sinking the long jumper, but he does so many
other things so well. Go Gordon!
We need to give KOC credit, he really picked a gem when he pick Hayward, I love
his game and he will only get better. I just hope the Jazz can keep him here for
many years to come. I also hope Favors keeps improving, his is not even close to
reaching his potential and if he does reach his potential the Jazz will be
mighty tough. Kanter, Burks, Favors and Hayward are a great young group to build