Jazz Gordon Hayward joins elite group in Jazz History Books

May 5, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) controls the ball during the second half of game three in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at EnergySolutions Arena. The Spurs defeated the Jazz 102-90. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

The Utah Jazz started off as the New Orleans Jazz. Their first season was in 1974-1975. Since then they've spent decades getting better and better. Part of why the Jazz have been good has been because of their success in drafting quality talent. Name some of the best and most popular players in Jazz history -- John Stockton, Karl Malone, Darrell Griffith, Thurl Bailey, Mark Eaton -- they were all drafted by the Jazz. Those five guys are locks to be on the All-Time Jazz roster. Other guys who the Jazz drafted, but are not playing with the team anymore, have been pretty great here too: Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko. Yes, this franchise has their share of duds too -- but a vast majority of the best/most popular players have been Jazz drafted. This is true for our current team too, one that boasts the talents of Paul Millsap, Jeremy Evans, and one dude from Butler. There's another similarity that ties all these guys together (save Evans -- whom I had to list as a current popular player; and Eaton who doesn't meet the criterion of this post).

What is it? Well, since 1974-1975 and last season there were 45 total times a Jazz player played over 2000 minutes in a season, while being 25 or younger. (Edited because I don't understand English) This season Gordon Hayward made the list. He was the player who did it a 46th time in franchise history. Bravo Gordon! The full list after the jump!

The List:

At least 2000 minutes, while being 25 or younger
Name Season Age Minutes Games MPG
1 Adrian Dantley 1980-1981 24 3417 80 42.7
2 Adrian Dantley 1981-1982 25 3222 81 39.8
3 Adrian Dantley 1979-1980 23 2674 68 39.3
4 Karl Malone 1988-1989 25 3126 80 39.1
5 Karl Malone 1987-1988 24 3198 82 39.0
6 Andrei Kirilenko 2005-2006 24 2604 69 37.7
7 Deron Williams 2007-2008 23 3059 82 37.3
8 Andrei Kirilenko 2003-2004 22 2895 78 37.1
9 Deron Williams 2006-2007 22 2950 80 36.9
10 Deron Williams 2009-2010 25 2802 76 36.9
1 Deron Williams 2008-2009 24 2505 68 36.8
2 Darrell Griffith 1982-1983 24 2787 77 36.2
3 Darrell Griffith 1980-1981 22 2867 81 35.4
4 Karl Malone 1986-1987 23 2857 82 34.8
5 John Stockton 1987-1988 25 2842 82 34.7
6 Carlos Boozer 2006-2007 25 2557 74 34.6
7 Paul Millsap 2010-2011 25 2605 76 34.3
8 Ben Poquette 1980-1981 25 2808 82 34.2
9 Jim McElroy 1978-1979 25 2698 79 34.2
20 Rich Kelley 1978-1979 25 2705 80 33.8
1 Darrell Griffith 1981-1982 23 2597 80 32.5
2 Darrell Griffith 1983-1984 25 2650 82 32.3
3 Ronnie Brewer 2008-2009 23 2605 81 32.2
4 Thurl Bailey 1984-1985 23 2481 80 31.0
5 Louie Nelson 1975-1976 24 2030 66 30.8
6 Karl Malone 1985-1986 22 2475 81 30.6
7 Gordon Hayward 2011-2012 21 2015 66 30.5
8 Paul Millsap 2008-2009 23 2290 76 30.1
9 Andrei Kirilenko 2006-2007 25 2049 70 29.3
30 Deron Williams 2005-2006 21 2307 80 28.8
1 Thurl Bailey 1985-1986 24 2358 82 28.8
2 Ben Poquette 1979-1980 24 2349 82 28.6
3 Carlos Arroyo 2003-2004 24 2008 71 28.3
4 E.C. Coleman 1974-1975 24 2176 77 28.3
5 Mehmet Okur 2004-2005 25 2304 82 28.1
6 Jim McElroy 1976-1977 23 2029 73 27.8
7 Paul Millsap 2009-2010 24 2277 82 27.8
8 Andrei Kirilenko 2002-2003 21 2213 80 27.7
9 Ronnie Brewer 2007-2008 22 2088 76 27.5
40 Thurl Bailey 1986-1987 25 2155 81 26.6
1 Aaron James 1977-1978 25 2118 80 26.5
2 Andrei Kirilenko 2001-2002 20 2151 82 26.2
3 Rich Kelley 1977-1978 24 2119 82 25.8
4 Thurl Bailey 1983-1984 22 2009 81 24.8
5 Bobby Hansen 1985-1986 25 2032 82 24.8
6 Wesley Matthews 2009-2010 23 2025 82 24.7

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I know you'll ask so:

No, Derrick Favors was no where close this past year. He was almost 700 minutes off. If he's not on the this list next season then we didn't bite the bullet and nut up as a franchise. (More on this later this off-season)

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Special shout out to:

Spencer Campbell, over at TheUtahJazzBlog.com -- and the rest of the dudes who were in that one G+ Hangout months ago. I think he was the first guy to notice that Hayward was on pace to do something crazy in terms of playing minutes in a season -- and I did the quick calculation that it would be well over 2000 mins. I fully give Spencer the assist on this post for that. Great stuff from him, which should come as no surprise as you all visit his site daily, right?

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