No longer big man on campus
Gordon is too modest saying Jimmer did a lot more in college. In the games I saw
in the NCAA tournament, Gordon was all over the place, doing many things that
helped the team such as passing and rebounding. He seemed to disappear as a
scorer sometimes, then, too, just like on the Jazz, but teams were focusing on
him more his last year at Butler. Shoot Gordon, shoot.
David Locke hit it on the head. The lockout hurt Gordon's draft class the
hardest. No summer league, limited training camp. Gordon will have to make
those improvements during this season now. I think he will be fine though, he
seems like he has the work ethic, he is athletic and he loves the game.
Time for Hayward to sit and watch for a while. This is the big leagues. If you
miss shots but are playing within the offence, fine. When you are SCARED to
shoot, not so fine.It's about winning games and Hayward is little
help right now. Time for Burks.
Add Hayward to the list of players whose shot has got messed up since coming to
the Jazz.Hayward can be a great asset but he can't have faith in his
game when his shot is in the tank. His confidence levels are shot right now and
I am not sure leaving him out there til he gets it right does he or the team any
good.He reminds me of AK in some ways as he gets aggressive on
blocking shots, but in some of those he has just got beat by his man so he is
struggling to make up the mess up.A good thing for Hayward is to
come off the bench keeping the energy level high and come in for someone who is
struggling. He gets sort of coevered whn the team has Jefferson and Milsap
starting but when one is gone the pressure is too much on him to shoot and he is
defintely not comfortable doing that.
Time for CJ to take his rightful spot as the starting 3. Time to sit the lesser
talented Hayward on the bench. The boy can not shoot the rock. Time to walk
the game instead of play the game.
CJ is playing well right now, but wouldn't you want him to stay with the bench
players. He's the scorer for that 2nd squad. You pull him and put hayward it's
going to affect the whole team. They have roles for a reason and I think the
role CJ is in right now is the best for the whole team. As for Hayward, yeah
he's in a funk right now but how many funks did CJ go through? Give him time,
you gave CJ 7 years.
We've been waiting for CJ to emerge for how many years now? He's had his shot.
The only reason you play CJ big minutes right now is to prop up his trade value.
Hayward and Howard should get the bulk of the minutes at 3 otherwise.
Last season Gordon led the team in 3 pt %.So he is in a slump. It
happens...and especially so with younger players. It will go away. He is one
of the few on this team that you can afford to leave on the floor in a shooting
slump. He actually helps his team mates. Half the time he has as many assists
as our PG Harris.He rebounds, he plays defense, he hustles, and he
contributes.What is the alternative? Insert CJ? Oh he has been a
great model of consistency over the last 6 years. For once CJ actually strung a
few games together so don't mess with it.Hayward will break out of
the funk soon. If he wasn't working or playing hard I would say yank him but
that is just not the case. His shot selection is fine and that is the bigger
focus. He actually over-passes sometimes if you ask me.He needs to
be with the starters who have a better ability to absorb his shooting slump.
The bench won't help him.
Take your blinders off. What has Hayward done to prove that he is better than
CJ? Nothing except in the fantasyland of you posters. Hayward is not better
than CJ. Never will be. Talk about inconsistent play, except for 6 games last
year, Hayward has been a disaster.
Hayward was great in those games last year - His rookie season - still waiting
for CJ to produce 6 / 7 games in row and it's been 6 years! - CJ does have
talent but it's his attitude that stops him.