Aaron Guile: Gordon Hayward — the emerging point forward

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  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Oct. 17, 2013 10:57 p.m.

    I meant to refer to Hayward as a combo shooting guard/forward. Just get him on the floor, right?

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Oct. 17, 2013 8:42 p.m.

    Bird was a good team defender. He usually guarded the opposition's weaker offensive forward, which made sense because he was a relatively poor one-on-one defender but a great rebounder, and he could cheat towards the boards when appropriate. Once Kevin McHale was named the starting power forward, Bird was officially the starting small forward. Bird might have been the all-time best passing forward, but Hayward is among the best passing forwards in today's NBA. He has often played a version of point forward already over the past couple of years whenever a Jazz point guard fails to get the ball inside at the beginning of an offensive play. I like to see Burks and Hayward on the floor together, even if neither is lighting it up from the offensive end. They are ballers and fun to watch. Be patient.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Oct. 17, 2013 9:57 a.m.

    Here is tip for our new "point forward". There is an 8 second count to get the ball across half court. I know it is a brand new rule and everything but do your best to remember that.

    Haywards execution (and the Jazz in general) down the stretch last night was awful. There really isn't any other way to describe it.

    Hayward shouldn't really be as bad as he was with his experience. The others have more of an excuse as they truly are inexperienced for the most part.

    Overall though I have to say the effort was there and I can live with losses like that if they are playing hard which I though they did despite the really poor execution.