Posted by: Shane Searle on July 16th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Hey, i’m new to this site and this would be my first post!! I tend to not post things too often, mostly just love the jazz and reading about them, but i’ve been reading everyone’s posts and blogs the last few days and i’m just curious what everyone expects from Hayward?? I know he’s a rookie, and rookies tend to not play so much for sloan, but matthews was able to do it last year, so i don’t see any reason why hayward couldn’t be a regular rotation guy fairly quickly. I must admit that when the Jazz made the pick, i wasn’t really that excited about it (not that i know who i would have rather them picked, all the decent bigs were already gone) but being from the small school in Butler i didn’t really know too much about him. I still don’t, but everything i’ve read on the kid has been promising, and i’m getting pretty excited!! I do remember when they made the pick that the analysts on ESPN radio said that his ceiling would be that he could be a similar player to Jeff Hornacek, which would be awesome!! And i know no one likes to do the comparison thing, but i don’t mind it if only to know what type of game to expect from him, especially since he isn’t a really well known commodity. Also, this is what David Thorpe from ESPN.com had to say about his summer league experience in Orlando:
He’s not been very productive, but my guess is the Jazz brain trust is happy with what they’ve seen. Hayward is light on his feet and fluid overall. He has made some perimeter shots, is shooting with confidence and absolutely looks to be a shooting guard. That is exactly what the Jazz need to complement Wesley Matthews. He’ll be much better playing with the real team this fall and will hurt guards with his size. The best thing about him is that he’s a fighter. Smile, coach Sloan.
Obviously Matthews is about 99% for sure gone (at least I haven’t heard the official word, but it is what it is) but i think Raja Bell does pretty much what we would have asked Matthews to do, which is guard the other team’s best guy and hit some open 3’s to spread the floor. And for a heck of a lot cheaper too!! gotta love that!! Anyways, it seems everyone is plugging hayward into the 3 spot, and it sounds like maybe his future is at the 2, so maybe he could be the backup to Bell and be able to throw more size and a different look at whoever Bell is guarding to keep him guessing. Anyways, i just wanted to put in my two cents on the issue and see what everyone else has to say!!
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