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Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward is not as consistent as you like, but is still the best hope the team has

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G-Time hasn't killed it. But more importantly, he's not killing the team either.

"Maybe if I do more stuff with my tongue Amar will like me more?"
"Maybe if I do more stuff with my tongue Amar will like me more?"
Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

This is Gordon Hayward's third year in a row as "The Man" for the Utah Jazz. The former lotto pick small forward has been everything for this team over his six season career. Occasionally he's a starter watching other players do their thing, other times he's the best player off the bench. On most nights he's the offensive locus for the team, everything relates to his position out there on the court. The more I look at it, Gordon is in an unenviable position out there on the court. Not since Pistol Pete Maravich did we have our first option also be the guy most responsible for getting everyone else going.Previously I looked at what other Jazz first options did, and Gordon didn't look dominant. He did look diversified -- which is kind of his game.

I don't always want to seem like I'm bagging on G-Time. I like him. I appreciate that on most nights he's our most complete offensive player, and frankly. sometimes he is great. So let's look at everything he has done on the court this season (in the broadest of pictures).

GAME MINS PTS REB AST STL BLK PRASB /min
1 35.45 13 4 1 1 1 20 0.564
2 31.17 12 7 4 1 0 24 0.770
3 28.25 11 0 3 1 0 15 0.531
4 37.83 19 2 0 0 0 21 0.555
5 33.93 20 3 3 1 0 27 0.796
6 35.05 18 6 4 0 1 29 0.827
7 34.58 17 3 4 2 0 26 0.752
8 37.88 24 11 3 0 0 38 1.003
9 29.67 16 4 5 1 0 26 0.876
10 38.03 7 6 2 0 0 15 0.394
11 35.32 17 7 1 0 1 26 0.736
12 38.40 22 7 4 1 0 34 0.885
13 30.17 19 3 4 2 0 28 0.928
14 40.05 33 7 2 3 0 45 1.124
15 35.62 17 1 2 2 0 22 0.618
16 37.83 24 6 4 0 0 34 0.899
17 38.55 24 5 4 2 0 35 0.908
18 43.47 22 5 5 2 0 34 0.782
19 36.53 18 8 6 3 0 35 0.958
20 27.25 24 4 5 1 0 34 1.248
21 36.20 19 8 3 2 0 32 0.884
22 41.20 22 4 1 1 1 29 0.704
23 22.08 4 0 2 1 0 7 0.317
24 39.55 20 6 2 0 0 28 0.708
25 35.73 26 5 4 0 0 35 0.979
26 36.00 24 3 4 2 1 34 0.944
27 32.32 8 8 1 0 0 17 0.526
28 36.78 28 6 5 2 0 41 1.115
29 37.42 24 6 4 2 1 37 0.989
30 35.55 14 5 2 2 1 24 0.675
31 33.40 23 10 1 1 0 35 1.048
Total 1091.27 589 160 95 36 7 887
Average 35.20 19.00 5.16 3.06 1.16 0.23 28.61 0.813
STDEV 4.39 6.35 2.61 1.53 0.93 0.43 8.40 0.22
VOL 12.47% 33.40% 50.55% 49.80% 80.46% 188.22% 29.35% 26.69%

What does this mean? Well, overall, Gordon is clocking in at 35 mpg and finishing with a 19 / 5 / 3 / 1 line this season. That's okay, I think. Two seasons ago he was a 16 / 5 / 5 / 1 player. Last season he was a 19 / 5 / 4 / 1 player. His assists seem to be going down every year for the last three seasons. If I wanted to point something out -- I think his assists are down because of the system. He's now more than ever the guy who makes the hockey assist, instead of the guy who makes the assist. Furthermore, assists in general would be up if more people just took and/or made their open, spot up jumpers. When someone like Trevor Booker or Trey Lyles hesitates, then drives into the paint instead of shooting it means they are actually breaking the play. Oh well. We can't have nice things in the #801, I guess.

The most reliable thing (smallest Volatility) about him is his minutes, but after that it's his points. Everything else is wildly all over the place. I can only imagine that the same would be true of every other "best player" in the NBA right now save for just the most elite guys out there.

The craziest thing, though? There's only a 0.534 correlation between his on court production and his on court minutes. He's not always doing good things out there on the floor -- which is just insane to me. He is a good player, but I guess my own personal bias is that Gordon is ALWAYS robotically effective. I guess I need to watch him more closely. I don't get the idea that at times he just floats out there on the floor, especially because he seems to touch the ball on offense or defense almost every play.

If you are a fantasy sports player then G-Time isn't reliable enough to be a top tier player. As a franchise Gordon's flexibility is something you want. On this Jazz team he has been one of the biggest, most important players. He plays the most. He touches the ball the most. And I am confident in saying that he is someone who best fills as many of the qualities we need from this leadership position. As a numbers nerd I still do pine for a 20 / 5 / 5 player, the new ideal for star wing players. Gordon is close, but still so far away. But so far this season where his best running mates all seem to be injured it's clear that Hayward is doing what he can to keep this team above water.

I'm encouraged with his play, and really hope to see him lead a healthy team for once.