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Hayward VS. 2010 Draft Class Rivals

Hello Again SLCDunk!

This is my 2nd post regarding how our youth are being developed. My first post regarding whether or not our young players played enough given their situations is here. My next few posts are going to compare our core youth to other comparable players from their draft classes.

Today's post will be centered around Gordon Hayward vs. Guards and Wings of the 2010 draft class.

2010 NBA Draft Class:

This is the glorious draft class that netted us Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors (post-DWill-trade). I'm going to compare Hayward to other guards and wings and Favors to other big men in next week's post. Let's start with Hayward and other guard' and wings' rookie years.

Backcourt 2011 Rookies:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

J. Wall

69

64

37.8

14.1

0.409

0.296

0.425

0.766

4.6

8.3

1.8

0.5

3.8

2.5

16.4

100

110

0.041

E. Turner

78

14

23.0

6.8

0.425

0.318

0.435

0.808

3.9

2.0

0.6

0.2

1.0

1.8

7.2

99

106

0.060

W. Johnson

79

63

26.2

8.6

0.397

0.356

0.427

0.696

3.0

1.9

0.7

0.7

1.2

2.1

9.0

101

112

0.030

A. Aminu

81

14

17.9

5.0

0.394

0.315

0.437

0.773

3.3

0.7

0.7

0.3

1.3

1.5

5.6

94

108

0.022

G. Hayward

72

17

16.9

4.1

0.485

0.473

0.489

0.711

1.9

1.1

0.4

0.3

1.0

1.5

5.4

106

113

0.048

P. George

61

19

20.7

6.5

0.453

0.297

0.537

0.762

3.7

1.1

1.0

0.4

1.1

2.1

7.8

103

104

0.091

E. Bledsoe

81

25

22.7

6.0

0.424

0.276

0.470

0.744

2.8

3.6

1.1

0.3

2.4

1.6

6.7

93

108

0.008

A. Bradley

31

0

5.2

2.2

0.343

0.000

0.371

0.500

0.5

0.4

0.3

0.0

0.5

0.6

1.7

68

101

-0.139

Hayward got the 2nd least minutes per game of this group, yet played far better than Aminu, Bledsoe, and Bradley, and comparable to Turner and Johnson. Paul George started showing his potential this season while John Wall started dominating right out the gates like a 1st pick should. Wesley Johnson was the only one besides Wall to start the majority of his rookie season. Let's continue to follow this group of players.

Backcourt 2012 Sophomores:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

J. Wall

66

66

36.2

13.5

0.423

0.071

0.440

0.789

4.5

8.0

1.4

0.9

3.9

2.1

16.3

100

107

0.071

E. Turner

65

20

26.4

9.1

0.446

0.224

0.466

0.676

5.8

2.8

0.6

0.3

1.6

1.8

9.4

93

99

0.068

W. Johnson

65

64

22.6

6.1

0.398

0.314

0.461

0.706

2.7

0.9

0.5

0.7

0.9

1.8

6.0

93

107

0.021

A. Aminu

66

21

22.4

5.5

0.411

0.277

0.431

0.754

4.7

1.0

0.9

0.5

1.4

2.1

6.0

93

103

0.044

G. Hayward

66

58

30.5

8.9

0.456

0.346

0.496

0.832

3.5

3.1

0.8

0.6

1.7

1.6

11.8

113

109

0.116

P. George

66

66

29.7

9.7

0.440

0.385

0.472

0.802

5.6

2.4

1.6

0.6

1.8

2.9

12.1

108

100

0.148

E. Bledsoe

40

1

11.6

3.2

0.389

0.200

0.448

0.636

1.6

1.7

0.8

0.4

1.2

1.5

3.3

90

102

0.022

A. Bradley

64

28

21.4

6.3

0.498

0.407

0.511

0.795

1.8

1.4

0.7

0.2

1.2

1.7

7.6

100

102

0.085

Many interesting trends to me in this (lockout) season. John Wall's stats appear pretty consistent with his rookie season's here. Evan Turner improved slightly. Wesley Johnson started going downhill this season. Aminu slightly improved but still disappointed. Hayward began starting this year more, received the 2nd most minutes (next to Wall) and happened to improve greatly as well. George and Hayward appeared to be on the same level in this season. Bledsoe regressed quite a bit probably due to Chris Paul taking away his minutes. Bradley started getting rotational minutes and started to show he was a decent diamond in the non-lottery rough.

Backcourt 2013 Juniors:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

J. Wall

49

42

32.7

15.0

0.441

0.267

0.452

0.804

4.0

7.6

1.3

0.8

3.2

2.4

18.5

105

103

0.134

E. Turner

82

82

35.3

12.8

0.419

0.365

0.428

0.740

6.3

4.3

0.9

0.2

2.3

2.4

13.3

95

106

0.035

W. Johnson

50

21

19.1

7.9

0.407

0.323

0.461

0.771

2.5

0.7

0.4

0.4

1.0

1.1

8.0

93

110

0.000

A. Aminu

76

71

27.2

6.2

0.475

0.211

0.486

0.737

7.7

1.4

1.2

0.7

1.5

2.0

7.3

101

105

0.073

G. Hayward

72

27

29.2

10.7

0.435

0.415

0.444

0.827

3.1

3.0

0.8

0.5

1.7

1.7

14.1

113

110

0.123

P. George

79

79

37.6

14.9

0.419

0.362

0.457

0.807

7.6

4.1

1.8

0.6

2.9

2.9

17.4

104

97

0.145

E. Bledsoe

76

12

20.4

7.5

0.445

0.397

0.453

0.791

3.0

3.1

1.4

0.7

1.8

1.5

8.5

102

101

0.115

A. Bradley

50

50

28.7

9.6

0.402

0.317

0.432

0.755

2.2

2.1

1.3

0.4

1.4

2.6

9.2

90

105

0.012

John Wall got injured for half this season but still improved in many areas while playing less minutes per game. Evan Turner started shaking off the bust label this season and improved to just a mild disappointment for a 2nd pick. Johnson and Aminu still failed to improve enough to warrant their draft position. Hayward made a small jump and proved himself a solid third option this season. Paul George made the jump this season to prove himself as a first option. Bledsoe did decent with the minutes given to him and Bradley remained regressed a bit this year probably due to moving up to starter this season. Now for this season...

Backcourt 2014 Seniors:

Player

G

GS

MP

FGA

FG%

3P%

2P%

FT%

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

ORtg

DRtg

WS/48

J. Wall

48

48

37.0

16.9

0.423

0.328

0.449

0.842

4.4

8.5

2.1

0.5

3.5

2.5

20.0

105

103

0.134

E. Turner

49

49

35.3

15.6

0.433

0.281

0.462

0.827

6.0

3.8

1.0

0.1

2.9

2.8

17.8

98

110

0.031

W. Johnson

48

36

27.4

7.9

0.421

0.367

0.464

0.810

3.9

1.5

1.0

1.1

1.1

2.6

8.6

101

108

0.048

A. Aminu

47

46

26.7

6.8

0.475

0.250

0.497

0.622

6.7

1.5

1.1

0.6

1.2

1.7

7.6

104

107

0.072

G. Hayward

40

40

36.2

14.5

0.417

0.327

0.449

0.832

5.4

4.9

1.4

0.7

2.6

2.1

17.2

104

109

0.076

P. George

48

48

36.1

17.4

0.447

0.369

0.492

0.849

6.4

3.4

1.8

0.3

2.8

2.5

22.7

109

95

0.210

E. Bledsoe

24

22

33.5

13.0

0.486

0.350

0.532

0.789

4.3

5.8

1.5

0.3

3.3

2.5

18.0

112

106

0.155

A. Bradley

45

45

30.9

13.8

0.439

0.357

0.461

0.756

4.0

1.4

1.1

0.2

1.6

2.6

14.6

98

107

0.048

John Wall has continued his solid play as a good #1 pick. Evan Turner has picked up his scoring as well due to being on a fairly barren roster. Wesley Johnson and Al-Farouq Aminu are still underwhelming for lottery picks. Hayward has picked up his numbers but has been in a shooting slump this year. He appears to me to be a solid 2nd option/ shoddy 1st option. George has played like a top 5 NBA player this season. Bledsoe was doing an excellent job (even slightly better than Hayward) before he got injured. Avery Bradley has improved this year to show that he is a decent starter but not much more than a 3rd/4th option.

Overview:

Out of this batch of players, I would currently rank the players in this order:

Franchise Players:

1. Paul George

2. John Wall

Quality Starters:

3. Eric Bledsoe

4. Gordon Hayward

5. Evan Turner

6. Avery Bradley

Rotation Players:

7. Al-Farouq Aminu

8. Wesley Johnson

I believe Hayward has been developed the best (minutes-wise) of our youth and as such has outperformed many of his draft rivals. I believe Hayward was an excellent draft choice and that I would only have picked George over him at his spot and no one else. I hope the Jazz either match whatever offer this offseason to keep Hayward for the next 4+ seasons. We have the cap space and we must remember we must slightly overpay many players to stay here. If we don't match the offer I hope we trade him for something very lucrative.

Next week's post will focus on Derrick Favors vs. other bigs from the 2010 draft class.

All comments are the opinion of the commenter and not necessarily that of SLC Dunk or SB Nation.

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