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Utah Jazz: 5 Reasons Why Team Was Right to Match Offer for Gordon Hayward

 

5 Reasons Utah Jazz Were Right To Match Offer For Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward
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The Utah Jazz have been able to retain Gordon Hayward after matching a 4-Year offer sheet from the Charlotte Hornets. This was a great move by the Jazz organization because Hayward is arguably their most productive player. Hayward led the Jazz franchise in both points and steals per game. This shows how reliable Hayward is on both sides of the ball. Here are five reasons the Utah Jazz were right to match the offer for Gordon Hayward.

5. Durability

Gordon Hayward
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5. Durability

Gordon Hayward
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Hayward started in 77 games last season for the Utah Jazz, which was in the top 10 for all shooting guards in the NBA. Hayward has shown increased durability throughout his four years in the league. Since entering the league, he has played more games every season. Health hasn’t been an issue with Hayward, and teams are willing to pay big bucks for players of this stature.

4. One of the Best Available Shooting Guards in Free Agency

Gordon Hayward
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4. One of the Best Available Shooting Guards in Free Agency

Gordon Hayward
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Out of the available free agent shooting guards this summer, Hayward was one of the top players available. The monstrous 4-year, million contract sheet offered to Hayward by the New Orleans Pelicans is a prime example of how sought after he was on the market.

3. Scoring Ability

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3. Scoring Ability

Gordon Hayward
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Gordon Hayward has increased his points per game average every season since he entered the league in 2010, and that includes a season where he only started 27 games. Although both his field goal and 3-point percentage hit a decline last year, the fact that he was able to still increase his points per game average is a sign that he becoming a more aggressive offense player.

2. Above Average Defender

Gordon Hayward, Paul George
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2. Above Average Defender

Gordon Hayward
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Outside of leading the Jazz in points per game, Hayward also leads the team in steals per game with 1.4 and is the third highest defensive rebounder with 4.3 a game. These numbers have increased every season since Hayward has been in the league, another step in his progression towards becoming a defensive All-Star.

1. Versatility

Gordon Hayward, Tim Duncan
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1. Versatility

Gordon Hayward, Tim Duncan
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One of Gordon Hayward’s greatest attributes as a basketball player is his versatility. This past season, Hayward was one of only five players in the league to average 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Two of the other four players to average these numbers were LeBron James and Kevin Durant, which is pretty great company to keep. These types of numbers prove just how right the Utah Jazz were in matching the offer sheet for Hayward.