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Gordon Hayward

The Utah Jazz made one of the biggest surprise picks in Thursday's NBA draft when they selected Gordon Hayward out of Butler University with the ninth pick. Word around Utah before the draft was the Jazz really liked Hayward but many felt that the Jazz would go big with the pick. Center or a backup power forward, if Carlos Boozer leaves, is a position of need. Yet the Jazz went in a different direction and picked the 6'8" Hayward. At first it was hard not to wonder what the Jazz were doing.

Now that the dust from the draft has settled, Gordon Hayward is a member of the Utah Jazz. The center or power forward position will still need to be addressed at some time in the upcoming season. But Hayward should end up fitting in with the Jazz pretty well. This seemed like a very typical Jerry Sloan pick. Hayward may not be the best athlete in the draft, but he seems like the type of guy that will go out and compete on every play. He looks like a guy that will hustle after every ball. He also seems like a that what he lacks in athleticism will make up in basketball smarts.

Not to mention, the Jazz were able to pick up a guy that was the star of his college team. Hayward led the Butler Bulldogs into the championship game this year in college basketball. But it is said that Hayward is not that great of a shooter. The Jazz system should be good for him in that aspect as well. Think of Matt Harpring coming off those screens and hitting the jump shot from the elbow, that is probably going to be Hayward now.

Hayward will give the Jazz a little more room to trade Andrei Kirilenko if they so choose. At 6'8", Hayward should be a two positions type player coming off the bench for the Jazz: shooting guard or small forward. That would allow the Jazz to trade Kirilenko for size in the middle.

The Jazz may have shocked many people with their draft pick but they went for a guy that will fit in their club house and in the state of Utah.

-Jake Ipson


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