I like Hayward, but to say that he is playing at an elite level this year,
particularly based on a five game sample, is not accurate.
This to RBN in SLC....This kid's stats say.....17.3 points, on 42%
shooting...83% free throw shooting...5.4 rebounds...4.9 assists.....1.37
steals.....and .68 blocks....and he's doing this on a weak team with a very
iffy coach.Methinks you are hard to please.
Stats become inflated on weak teams. Elite level means, at a minimum, an all
star. Gordon won't be an all star this year. He is the 33rd leading scorer
in the league. Of the top 40 scorers, only two have lower shooting
percentages.Under gehelmke's definition of elite: Paul Milsap
at 17.7 ppg, 46.8%/38% on 2s and 3s, 8.3 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.2 BPG, and 1.7 SPG
is elite. Arguably better stats, but no one considers Milsap elite.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Lillard are on it! YAY!! Expect them to be in Rio 2016. I
don't think that Hayward will make the final roster for Rio 2016. Guys I
would take over him in his same position are LeBron, Leonard, Durant, Carmelo,
Andre Iguodala, and Paul George.Go USA!!
Denver to Portland. You forgot Kyle Korver.
I'm not sure I would take Leonard or Korver. If you need a zone buster, no
one is a better shooter than Klay Thompson in my opinion.
Kyle Korver can shoot threes and that is it. He is a horrible defender and as
such could never successfully play fast paced olympic ball.Hayward
will likely be dangling this new credential when it comes time to negotiate his
contract next offseason.Olympic basketball is entirely different
than NBA too. Carmelo flourishes in international ball but is selfish
one-on-one leech that stifles his own team success in the NBA.Personally (selfishly) I hope Hayward does not make it. Just more wear and
tear on the athletes and risk for injury. There are plenty of good enough
players out there.In terms of value to our team I would say Favors
has a bigger impact on the outcome than Hayward.Favors is out and we
immediately turn into Al Jefferson reincarnate with Kanter defending the rim.
They need to figure out if they can be successful together (doubtful because
neither can guard stretch 4's) and if they can't then you better trade
Kanter and get something good in return.Offensively Kanter has great
footwork but his defense has deteriorated and he is no rim protector. Its
awful. Gobert can back up Favors eventually.
@Jazz Source.If luck was on our side...we could be looking at Embiid
Favors Hayward Burke Burks...if not...Favors Randle Hayward Burke Burks...still
win win...hopefully either one plays out...
it seems that fans here...doesnt really value Hayward that much...would it be
better to trade him to boston for multiple picks and possibly jeff green or to
phoenix for multiple first rounders as well?...what are your thoughts?
Kakashi,I wouldn't trade Hayward for Jeff Green unless the
draft picks were great ones. I don't think Phoenix has anything that would
interest me. I like Gordon a lot, but think that his talent is such that he
would be the third, or possibly the second, best player on an elite team.
@RBNmy insights exactly...but most of the fans here doesnt seem to
like the idea of it...and are willing to trade him...that's why im
asking...what would they want in return?...everyone is criticizing the guy too
much...but he is the kind of guy that does a lot...the problem is...he doesnt
have one thing that can be his bread and butter...he isnt as consistent as he
should be...but he has a high IQ guy....but fans here...generally want someone
like Durant a franchise guy....and i am not sure if we will get one on the next
draft...as it seems only Embiid is the sure fire star...