37 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block and 2 steals. The best part? He only shot 16 times. Durant in the same game had 48 points on 34 shots. If anybody is doubting Hayward still they really need to watch the growth from the start. Every year he has improved upon some aspect of his game and he will continue to grow as the number one option. If he was the number two on a team he would be dangerous but even as the number one he is proving he is not only capable but exceeding expectations.
My favorite thing to see from Hayward is his progress but on defense and on offense. His array of shots that he has in his arsenal are almost on a level of their own. Kobe Bryant is the king of shots in my mind and Hayward is taking shots that only players like Kobe make and he is starting to make them. Give him another year and one more player on his side and Hayward will be worth a max or very close to it contract.
There have been rumors that the Celtics will do whatever they can to get Hayward by the trade deadline or in the off-season but there is no way I see the Jazz trading him and I definitely don’t see the Jazz not matching a contract for him.
In the Jazz 12 wins this season Hayward has averaged 21 points, 6 assists and 6.5 rebounds on 50% shooting. If Hayward can start to average that in losses too, he will be in a category with just Lebron James as the only two players in the NBA to be doing that.
Read that last sentence again… Only Lebron and Hayward. Is Hayward a max guy? Not sure. Can he be? Absolutely.