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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gordon Hayward

Some people are calling Hayward's game against the Lakers a coming out party.( I am seriously considering buying his jersey)  Theres been a done of hype about him now after these last two games.  I don't necessary expect him to keep what he has done these last two games, but I think he can become that guy by next season.  If he can average somewhere around 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, a block, and a steal a game next season I would be happy.  That would give us two legit scoring threats from the perimeter with Hayward and Miles.  That is assuming we exercise the team option on C.J.  Then with Harris running the point it looks like we could be a handful on the perimeter.  Again the weakness is shooting,  while Hayward is averaging a very good 45% from three, both C.J. and Harris are career 34% and 30% three point shooters.  So that leaves a little bit to be desired for that.  C.J. at least is respectable enough to scare people to guarding him at the 3 point line.  With Memo back next season, assuming he gets back,  we could be scary with him and Hayward bombing threes.  This was supposed to be more about Hayward so back to him.  I like how he has developed, I've been looking at his previous games and he has shown glimpses of what he is doing now.  He went 5 for 5 from the three against the T-Wolves back in February.  The last game was his most complete game by far though.  Also I mentioned in my previous post that he had the ball in his hands on every play the last six minutes.  I saw what he could be a playmaker and a leader.  He made things happen for the guys around him, especially Favors.  He is able to do things off the dribble which makes him that much more important.  The last few seasons we haven't had a wing that could do that.  Brewer was freakishly athletic and got a lot steals but not a serious offensive threat, especially with that awful jumper.  Krover could shoot the three and thats about it.  Wesley Matthews why couldn't we have kept him could do those things so my earlier statement was false.  He wasn't a leader but played within himself.  Oh gosh not resigning him still haunts me.  Anyway I think Hayward is looking like a better and better pick.  I love the kid and I think if he continues to develop he'll be awesome.

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