Gordon Hayward is now the longest tenured Utah Jazz player on the current Utah Jazz roster. Hard to believe a guy who just turned 23 this year is the player that everyone else will have to look up to. This is a guy that was boo’d when he was drafted by the Jazz on draft night and who many Jazz fans, myself included sadly enough, were wondering what the Jazz were thinking by drafting him. We saw Deron Williams treat him like crap on the court in front of his home fans. We watched him be put into the starting line up and struggle, get sent back to the bench. When most players would be upset and cause problems in the locker room because they weren’t starting or getting playing time
(Raja Bell), Gordon made the best of his situation and shined in that roll. Hayward is ready to lead this team and take on a much bigger roll as the Utah Jazz’s leader.
Gordon Hayward averaged 14.1 pts per game last season when Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap got most of the touches on offense and everything ran through the post. Jefferson and Millsap have both signed with different teams and the Jazz won’t be as big of a threat on the low post as they were last season. This change means Hayward will one of the first options on offense which means more pts per game for Hayward. Gordon is ready for this step in his career, he has been preparing for this turn over since he got put on this team. Hayward recently played in Vegas with the USA team along with Derrick Favors. Marc Stein reported multiple times how much Gordon Hayward was standing out in Vegas.
But two names that keep coming up out here in Sin City that were not widely expected to wow us: Gordon Hayward & Creighton’s Doug McDermott
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2013
As Jazz fans it’s great to hear that Hayward is standing out with the best players in the country. We have seen that Hayward is capable and at times can take over games. Below is a video of Hayward in the last game of his rookie season. If we can get a aggressive Gordon Hayward who is looking to score as well as making his team better through his play making them Gordon could have a very very big season coming up.