Utah Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward is working hard to prove he can play in NBA

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  • Always_Jazz<3 Murray, UT
    Dec. 28, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    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.
    leave him alone, and let him play his game.
    He's got a lot to prove, and he's definitely got it in him.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    Dec. 27, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    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!

  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    Dec. 27, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    I guess it impossible to like CJ and Hayward at the same time. Makes sense to me.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 27, 2010 11:46 a.m.

    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.

  • Slc1231 Slc, Ut
    Dec. 27, 2010 11:36 a.m.

    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.

  • 1tobeamup Murray, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    Correction - not "Evans is benched" - I meant Evan Turner. Sorry

  • 1tobeamup Murray, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    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.

  • phnehme La Jolla, CA
    Dec. 27, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    @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...

  • cedar Holladay, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    hayward is really nba smart and i think he will be a great nba coach someday or at least a collage coach.

  • cedar Holladay, UT
    Dec. 27, 2010 9:28 a.m.

    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.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Dec. 27, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    Nice dreams scalman.............

    Hayward doesnt have an NBA body. For that reason, he will not succeed in the league.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Dec. 27, 2010 7:20 a.m.

    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!

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Dec. 27, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    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.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    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...

  • jazz_man Fajardo, PR
    Dec. 26, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    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.

  • allpurposeanimal salt lake, utah
    Dec. 26, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 10:18 a.m.

    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.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Jazz-Nation Lehi, UT
    Dec. 26, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    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!!

  • jazz_man Fajardo, PR
    Dec. 26, 2010 7:18 a.m.

    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.