Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward will become a star in ‘The Crossroads of the West’


Despite resembling a feeble sap, Gordon Hayward is a powerhouse on the hardwood.

Utah Jazz head coach Ty Corbin said shooting guard Gordon Hayward is thriving in training camp and “getting ready to” become a star.

The 23-year-old Hayward averaged 14.1 points, 3.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds off the bench during the 2012-2013 campaign.

Set to become a restricted free agent in July, Hayward’s numbers will inflate thanks to the recent departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.

“I think (Hayward) understands what he’s getting ready to face,” said Corbin, 50 who succeeded the great Jerry Sloan in February 2011. “The experiences he’s had the last couple of years is really starting to show.”

A dynamic playmaker, the 6-foot-8, 210 pound Hayward will surely lead Utah in scoring as a starter this year.

The ninth overall pick in 2010 is a youngster with tremendous basketball smarts, athleticism, ball handling skills, and versatility.

Removed from a 43-39 mark in the Northwest Division, the Jazz may briefly regress due to the losses of Jefferson and Millsap.

Regardless, Utah is now Hayward’s team and the native Indianan will mature into a complete force within two years.

Gordon Hayward is a standout musician on the hardwood who will create sweet music this winter in “The Crossroads of the West.”

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