Here are a few stats on Gordon Hayward that the D-News didn't run. Given Hayward’s lack of playing time early in the season in Sloan’s “rookies shouldn’t play system” and his slow start due to D-Will’s confidence boosting management style, these stats are excellent.
FG% among rookies for the season
3pt percentage among rookies who have shot more than 40 3pt attempts for the season
Among ALL small forwards in the NBA (approximately 84 of them) in true shooting percentage which includes 3 pt, 2 pt and free throws
Hayward 25th Miles 51st
In true shooting percentage for ALL NBA players
Hayward 108th overall Miles 159th
Among ALL NBA players (approximately 450 of them) 3pt shots for players having taken more than 40 3pt shots
Overall FG% among all NBA players
Hayward 184th Miles 332nd Bell 331st Millsap 55th D-Will 45th
Kyle Korver FG% 0.437 Hayward 0.455 Kirilenko 0.467
Hayward is the 24th best rookie in assists and the 3rd best rookie SF. Among all SF’s in the league he’s 45th. He’s also 45th in blocked shots among all SF in the league, and he’s the 6th best shot blocker among the 12 rookie small forwards drafted in 2010 and still playing. He’s 5th in steals among rookie SF’s, and he’s 5th in rebounds among rookie SF’s. He’s 6th among rookie SF free throw shooters.
Looking at the composite of where Hayward ranks in FG%, 3pt%, steals, assists and rebounds, he's got one of most complete games of all rookies in the 2010 draft that made it. Sure bigs shoot a higher percentage and rebound better. They're sitting under the basket. It's the overall game that's the key, and Hayward's got a really good one.
Here's how he compares to other rookies in the 2010 draft.
Davis drafted 13th position PF college Soph
Fields drafted 39th position SG college Senior
Hayward drafted 9th position SF college Soph
Henry drafted 12th position SG college Freshman
Crawford drafted 27th position SG college Soph
3pt Field Goals at Least 40 shots
Davis not on list PF’s don’t usually shoot 3’s