Utah Jazz: Comparisons inevitable between Jazz, Pacers

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  • fastfox Ogden, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:33 p.m.

    The comments on here are slightly ludicrous! If you guys think that Hayward isn't the best player on the jazz, you're wrong. The guy does everything for them and he's leading them in Points, Assists, steals and is third in rebounding. I am in the minority in that I think he can be a star in the league. He doesn't have to be at George's level this season, but he has to take that next step like George did last season, which I think he is capable of. Whether or not the following season he can make the transition into star is another conversation, but I think he can.

    The comparison between the two is absolutely fair. They're both swingman with similar game. George is superior defensively and athletically while Hayward is superior shooter and facilitator. George has been hot as of late, but I think Hayward will make some noise by the end of the year.

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    Well, given the fact that George was drafted after Hayward it makes it pretty clear that alot of teams missed on him.

    George is an elite all-around player. His defensive prowess is one of my most favorite things about him. He gave LeBron all he could handle last playoffs. Loved watching that matchup.

    Hayward is a role player. Not even close to elite at this point.

    All that being said how many players that are drafted achieve anywhere near what George does? Even at higher draft positions?

    George is the exception and not the rule.

    Oh well, if we got lucky and were able to get Jabari Parker in the draft Hayward would instantly expendable.

    Teams will be salivating over Marvin Williams at the trade deadline. Unless Marvin expresses to the Jazz that he wants to stay I suspect he will get traded too. Lets be honest, we won't be in a playoff run and so why would we let him go for nothing after the season when you can either get yet another draft pick or another young prospect?

    I suspect our new-found offense will disappear tonight--Indiana is like a defensive vice. They are stoppers!

  • oldcougar Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Silly comparison. Paul George has the talent and drive to be one of the 5 or 10 best players in the league...in fact, he may be there already. Hayward isn't even the best player on the worst team in the league...and I like Gordon. Gordon could someday be a great sixth man...bringing energy and some scoring punch off the bench...but he's not a franchise player.

  • PH Riverton, Utah
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    It is absolutely clear that the Jazz should have taken Paul George instead of Hayward. That is now it is clear. It wasn't 4 years ago. But since we now have the benefit of time to review the choice we should avoid the woulda, coulda world and look forward. Seems to me that the odds of Hayward ever blossoming into a first or second option in the NBA are evaporating with each week of this season. My viewpoint tells me that the Jazz should look to build on what has worked and move Hayward.

  • Me, Myself and I The Promised Land, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    I agree with most of the posts here. Not much comparison, don't get me wrong I love Hayward and his game but George is playing at a different level. With that said the Pacers might have the best record in the NBA, but the Eastern Conference is sorry at best. Only 2 teams in the East have a winning record. I think the Pacers are a solid team, but lack of decent competition within their conference has to be considered when talking about their success this so far this season.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Dec. 4, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    It's all about chemistry. The Pacers have it. The Jazz are trying to find it.

  • reasonableUTE Provo, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    I enjoyed the article about the best player on my favorite team (Paul George, Indiana Pacers), but the only comparison that can be made about these two is that one was drafted one spot after the other. Clearly Larry Legend is a better talent scout compared to whoever the Jazz have.

    Whoever wrote this lost all possible credibility when they said Hibbard instead of Hibbert. Anyone that has been following the NBA even a little bit this year knows that his name is Hibbert. If you don't know the name of the best defensive player in the league you have no business writing things about said league.

  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    The Pacers center is Roy Hibbert, not Roy Hibbard.

  • coleman51 Orem, UT
    Dec. 4, 2013 6:07 a.m.

    The idea that there is any comparison between Paul George and Gordon Hayward, even hinting at some comparison is beyond the most ridiculous and ludicrous I have ever heard. Gordon Hayward will never be anything close to a Paul George. Kevin O'Conner made a massive mistake taking Hayward over George and we have been paying for it ever since. Paul George is an elite NBA player on a team that leads the league and Hayward is maybe the fourth option on the Jazz squad, which is at the bottom of the league. Since Hayward and his agent opted not to sign an offer to keep him in Salt Lake and to become a restricted free agent, the Jazz should take advantage of his so-called value and trade him before the trade deadline rather than allow what happened to Millsap and Jefferson. We could then get a draft pick for him that would be a lot more valuable and make the Jazz competitive. Hayward would otherwise be a drag on a Jazz team that's rebuilding and to sign him with a massive contract would be another Kirilenko deal all over again, not worth the money and un-tradeable.