I haven't been following the USA Mini Camp much (even though I live in Vegas). However, I just caught this article on Hayward and Favors: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2013/07/24/hayward-favors-fully-prepared-f...
They have a lot of stars and future stars there. Apparently Hayward's been standing out as much as anyone among that group.
Most people have been impressed w/Hayward over the last three years. He's proven to be a solid, versatile player. However, I think some people undersell how good he is. Before last year everyone knew Paul George was good, but no one knew how good because he was behind Granger. IMO Hayward's position as the third fiddle behind Al and Milsap was just as stifling (even though it didn't create the position issues). This year he will be the first option as the team's best shot creator and I think he's going to go off. Last year Hayward averaged a very efficient 14 ppg. How high can he go now that he'll likely get 5-8 additional attempts per game?
If he really is the teams first option I could see him go for 18-5-4 on good percentages to be honest
His percentages will probably go down a little since he will be shooting more like Paul George's dropping and james hardens dropping. It doesnt mean he got worse it just means the defense is keying in on him and he needs to improve more and adjust to it and he will be fine after that
I think those look like realistic numbers for him. Also, watching this scrimmage he looks very good so far - very good D and having no problem getting past his man on O. Hayward and Lillard both look great so far.
Also, Drummond and Davis both look awesome. Davis is going to be unreal on both sides of the floor - Drummond is an absolute freak on D. The blunder of letting him fall to 9 will be talked about for a very long time.
People have been underselling how good Gordon Hayward is ever since high school.
He's just one of those guys who does everything better than what you think. He's more athletic than what you think. A better defender than what you think. A better ball handler and passer than what you think.
The thing I've always loved about him is that he plays the game the right way and plays hard at both ends. I'm a big fan of him on and off the court.
He could very easily be a great 3rd or good 2nd option on a play-off capable team. I think he will have a great career none the less, I really am rooting for him and Favors to turn that Jazz franchise back into a major threat in Western Conference.
He kinda reminds me of Tyshaun Prince. Of course he doesn't have the wingspan, but he has mentality of doing everything possible to earn a W.
I was going to offer the same comp. Like others have said, his scoring numbers might be a bit better, because of how the team is constructed.
Hayward is so unselfish that he doesn't shine when playing against other star level players but if you look at his game closely he is much better than people think. He does everything well, he makes others better, he plays smart, he passes well, he's the kind of player you love to play with, he loves to win and should be the leading scorer and the leader on this yrs Jazz team. As much as I love Favors, I think he will struggle being a go to scorer for the jazz, I think they will want him to be a go to player but I think he'll struggle in that role, I think Kanter has better skills to fill that role and before long I think it will be Hayward and Kanter as the two leading scorers on this yrs Jazz team.
Been my favourite player since the day he signed with Butler. Ive always wished that my Mav's could somehow get him, he is just a winning kind of player, does everything he can to get his team a W. He has always been a good shooter, since well before college, but its been his improvement in other areas that impress me. The way he is now capable of using his sneaky athelticism to get himself and others buckets, the way he has improved his handle and made a concerted effort to involved his team mates more, and his strides on the defensive end to go from being a turnstile on that end to being a quality guy on D. The Jazz have all the players I love to break out next year, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Gordon Hayward, and a guy a lot of people dont talk about much anymore, Alec Burks.
I'm convinced that he can be a 2nd or 3rd option on a good team. He should shoot the ball more, i know he had a down shooting % last year but i'm still confident in his stroke, pause.