SF Rank – #11
Position – SF | 6′ 8″, 225 lbs | Utah Jazz
Born – Mar 23, 1990 in Indianapolis, IN
Drafted – 2010: 1st Rnd, 9th by UTAH
College – Butler
Experience – 5
Sports Unbiased Staff G.F.R. Analysis
Keith Rivas – Of all of the young talent throughout the league on today’s rosters, Gordon Hayward may be the guy that continues to benefit the most from being on a team with a couple average Joe’s.
Hayward’s days as part of the Butler Bulldogs prepped him almost perfectly for the role he continues to have in Utah.
ESPN has him ranked as a top three small forward in the league, and if he continues to drop 20 point per game like it’s raining during Christmas than he’ll by all means earn the right to keep himself there.
Sauping R. Arguello – Hayward did his best to be the leader for a young Utah team trying to get out of mediocrity. They are maybe a few pieces away to make the playoffs in the deep west.
Ben Buchanan – Gordon Hayward had a great season last year, but almost nobody talked about him. Hayward put up huge numbers for the Jazz who desperately needed an offensive presence. He averaged 19.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, and 5 rpg in 34 mpg, all numbers career highs – or very close. Hayward was straight out paid last season when the Hornets gave him a 3 year max deal which the Jazz matched. A lot of people thought it was an overpay but Hayward looks like he’s worth the money now. At 25 he’s still got tons of room to grow along with the young Utah Jazz team.
Jr. Williams – Hayward is one of the few bright spots for a Utah Jazz team still trying to put the pieces together. He leads the team in both points (19 ppg) and steals (1.4 spg) which speaks measures for his offensive ability and defensive tenacity. Last season the Utah Jazz were close to playing .500 basketball, however, this season should be yet another challenge for a team that hasn’t exactly improved their roster. The good news is Gordon will continue to dominate for his team.