The 23-year-old Hayward, who is set to become a restricted free agent in July, scored a career-high 37 points and compiled seven assists, two steals and one block.
A dynamic playmaker who is finally starting, Hayward’s averaging 17.1 points, 4.9 dishes and 5.4 rebounds in 37 games.
Hayward’s numbers were bound to inflate with the summertime departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.
Still, even before the Jazz downsized, Hayward was ready to become a star.
The ninth overall pick in 2010 is a youngster with tremendous basketball smarts, athleticism, ball handling skills, and versatility.
Utah is 12-25 and sitting comfortably in the basement of the Northwest Division.
Regardless, Utah is now Hayward’s team and the native Indianan will mature into an absolute force within two years.
Plus, considering the depth and talent in the upcoming NBA Draft, the Jazz should manage to drastically better their roster this June.
With a solid supporting cast, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz can create sweet music for years to come in “The Crossroads of the West.”by