Jan 2, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 96-87. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: Missing Gordon Hayward

What will the Jazz be like if they miss out on a top 5 pick and Hayward walks next year?  That’s what the Jazz got a glimpse of when they lost to the miserable Cavaliers on Friday 112-103.  If you don’t think the Cavs are bad check out what they did last night in Sacramento… 44 point blow out.

I’ve heard all of my friends and even comments on here saying how much of a “Hayward homer” I am.  I love the guy.  He’s not a good player or an average player, he is a great player.  He might not be a hall of fame player but he definitely will put up all-star type numbers.  I’m one of the biggest advocates of Hayward all the way back to the 2010 draft when I was praying the Jazz drafted him.

The thing I like most about Hayward is that he puts in the work to get to the next level every year… and he excels.  It’s amazing how every person I’ve ever talked to that say the Jazz should have drafted Paul George.  Yes Paul George is a great player but Hayward is not far behind and had not been given the reigns til this year.  Give him another year or two and he will be in the top 20-25 players in the NBA if not higher.

How many players average 17 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists? Only Lebron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Gordon Hayward do.  Like I said in my past articles, if you are in a statistical category with only a few players and that list includes Lebron then you are doing something right.  Give Hayward another year to get his shot back (like the past few games) and he will be easily averaging 20.  How many 9th picks in NBA history have averaged that in a season?  Just Andre Igoudal (3 times) and Tracy McGrady (6 times).  Not bad for a ninth pick.

My point is don’t judge Hayward solely on what Paul George is doing or you might miss out on one of today’s premier players.

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