Gordon Hayward Proving He Belongs as an NBA Star

November 11th, 2014 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

It's happening. And not everyone believed it would. 

But Gordon Hayward looks to have taken the next step toward NBA stardom in year No. 5. 

There was all sorts of doubt and debate this summer after the Utah Jazz matched the Charlotte Hornets' offer to Hayward and signed him to the max. 

And don't get me wrong—Hayward was always a good, solid player. But 41.3 percent shooting and 30.4 percent from downtown on a 25-win team didn't exactly scream max contract. 

It's still early, but based on what we've seen so far, I'm guessing Jazz fans are feeling pretty good about their team's commitment to the No. 9 pick from the 2010 NBA draft. 

Obviously, the production and efficiency so far have been great. But physically, Gordon looks like a different guy from just a year ago. And so far this season, it's played to his effectiveness on the floor. 

He's reportedly added up to 20 pounds of "good weight," per the Indy Star's Curt Cavin. "I'm able to be more on balance and not pushed around as much," Hayward told Cavin. "That's been huge for me, pla ...

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