In Defense of the Sacramento Kings’ Chuck Hayes

August 24th, 2013 by Benjy Egel Leave a reply »

The Chuck Hayes Gardenia is one of America's toughest flowers as it is able to withstand both hot and cold temperatures. Sacramento Kings' forward/center Chuck Hayes' parents picked a fitting name for their sturdy son.

When the Kings signed Hayes to a four-year, $22.4 million contract in 2011, he was expected to be a defense-first team player. Though Hayes has delivered on his half of the bargain, he remains glued to the bench.

A Cowbell Kingdom poll showed Hayes as the odd man out in the Kings' crowded frontcourt, with DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson, Patrick Patterson and Carl Landry all looking to get more playing time.

In 2010-11 with the Houston Rockets, Hayes averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds in 28.1 minutes per game. Hayes' numbers dipped the next season because of limited playing time, a nagging shoulder injury and a corresponding weight gain.

Hayes was in better shape last year, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones said, but struggled again in limited playing time. If Hayes arrives to training camp ready to run, he will have plenty to offer the Kings.


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