Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward morphing into a star

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  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 7, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    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.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 7, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    Coleman have you watched him play lately? Haywards a baller man.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    April 6, 2012 9:26 p.m.

    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 for.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    April 6, 2012 4:06 p.m.

    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.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    April 6, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    I was there on draft night and a lot of people booed the choice. They're sure not booing now!

  • IndeMak South Jordan, UT
    April 6, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2012 10:23 a.m.

    That's bad news for Hayward... means he's almost ready to leave the jazz.

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    April 6, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    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!

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 6, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    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.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    April 6, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    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."


    My guess is Hayward could probably help his coach out with some basic grammar and syntax.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    April 6, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    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.

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    April 6, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    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.

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    April 6, 2012 8:32 a.m.

    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.

  • B Russ Ephraim, UT
    April 6, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    April 6, 2012 5:30 a.m.

    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!

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    April 5, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    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 around.