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Monday, September 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

Gordon Hayward’s Goal is to Make the All-Star Team


Heading into his third NBA season, the Utah Jazz’s talented Gordon Hayward says he’s aiming to become an All-Star. Per the Deseret News: “Hayward finished the 2011-12 season as a Jazz starter, and he’s prepared to battle to keep a spot in the first five. ‘You want to start for the team and you want to make sure you’re the one out there on the court, getting as many minutes as you can,’ Hayward said. ‘So especially in training camp, there’s going to be some competitions going on. I think that will further benefit all of our games and make us better as a team.’ While making an impact on a playoff team, Hayward also wants to turn himself into one of the NBA’s elite players. ‘I think I’ve shown that I belong in the league. It’s something that you work for and you work towards,’ Hayward said. ‘Now I think I know that I belong and everything. Now you push yourself even further, try and become an All-Star. That’s definitely a goal of mine, but I think first and foremost I think if we were to win games that will help that out.’ Hayward has high hopes for the Jazz. He believes his personal progression mirrors the Jazz’s improvement trajectory — in part because of how many solid players are loaded into each position. ‘I expect us to do better than we did last year,’ he said, reflecting back on a better-than-expected 36-30 record and first-round playoff appearance in the lockout-shortened campaign. ‘I think as a player you kind of want to improve both as a team and individually from year to year,’ Hayward added. ‘I’ve done that from my rookie to sophomore year. Hopefully I’ll do that again this year. Same goes for the team. We missed playoffs first year (39-43 in 2010-11), made it barely the second year, so this year needs to be better than that.’”

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  • junkie

    all star might a stretch but he definitely is talented

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    should I pick him for fantasy? could be a steal…

  • Malcolm

    He’s delusional. He’s not an all-star.

  • spit hot fiyah

    is he talking about war craft?

  • nick

    His numbers tripled….he is a 6 `6 gunner who can dribble and pass….it is possible

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    depends where you can get him. and what categories you are trying to win.. he’s going to be the type of player that will help some teams and hurt others.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he is way better than anyone is giving him credit for. but probably not as good as he’s giving himself credit for.

  • LakeShow

    Naw, sorry buddy. Not for a couple years anyway.

  • zogs19994

    HE SNAPPED!

  • LakeShow

    6’8″

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    lol not happening pal, making Allstar team is more about popularity contest , of course besides the obvious talent wise, but just ask monta ellis whos, been balling his ass off but he goes unoticed.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Monta Ellis also doesn’t help his team actually win games, and plays no defense. — The coaches pick the alternates, it’s pretty unrealistic to expect them to elect a player like that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Averaging 1.7 steals for career numbers is no defense,, ok buddy, and we already know what he does on offense. thats definitely allstar worthy, the problem is that when he was in the western conference there were too many SGs and PGs to choose from, hes def, not gunna make team over kobe, paul, westbrook,etc, and now hes in the east, he aint makin it over wade, deron , rondo, J johnson, Rose, Thats the real problem like I said POPULARITY.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    How many steals a players averages only shows how much he gambles, it doesn’t illustrate a players defensive acumen. Sorry. You wanna know how bad Monta Ellis is? Him and Brandon Jennings combined for net negative production, again, because they are chuckers who don’t play defense.

  • Slick Ric

    He definitely talented… didn’t he drop 40 in his rookie season against the lakers? I don’t know about being an all-star just yet though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    you said all thats gambling, no way man, defense and steals are a combo of defensive persona and “gambling” about a 70/30 split, in favor of the players mentality a person like rondo might gamble alil more, while a player like Bradley is an even mix of mentality/gambling, now i watch ellis play, hes a passing lane player thats why hes always on fast breaks to say he plays NO defense is a stretch.. you wanna knows he plays NO defense steve nash, but monta def. has an average skillset in terms of defense

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No, Monta Ellis would be a good defender, if he defended PG’s. But against SG’s he’s Swiss Cheese. He gets abused physically, and he gambles to much to consistently keep himself between his man and the basket. He is a bad defender. Plus, it’s well documented, there are many analytical articles highlighting why he is bad….since you can’t tell by actually watching him, like the rest of us can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    ok what your telling me isnt new, but my point is that you said NO DEFENSE, he is an average defender, like i said steve nash can be classified as a below average defender, whatever was documented can be said both ways, numbers dont lie 1.7 steals for career means that you are playing defense, and dont give me no BS about gambling, it doesnt matter if yor gamble, what matter is if you gambling works, and statistcally it does,..so ill go by his stats not by what some average joe on a sports website is ((TRYING)) to tell me

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Statistically he’s a bad defender. You just don’t know anything about more than basic stats. Ellis is a bad defender, not average, bad. Factually speaking. Average Joe out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Honestly with this stupid ass train of thought, Allen Iverson is the best defensive 2-guard ever. That’s how stupid this argument is.
    Sent from right behind you.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    we gonna do a SLAMonline fantasy pool sooper?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    No doubt Teddy. If we need me to commission I will.

  • nick

    thanks for the correction, and i will correct myself and say, that his points only doubled, but everything else tripled.

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