By Matt Rooney
Last summer, prized free agent Gordon Hayward signed a four year 128 million contract with the Boston Celtics. His first season with Boston lasted about 5 minutes as he suffered a gruesome season ending leg injury in the first game vs LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His injury essentially ended the Celtics title aspirations and forced Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown into extremely prominent roles.
Now, as the 2018-19 season is just around the corner, he’s basically forgotten. There has been so much hype around Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum this summer that Hayward has been consigned to oblivion. There are talk show hosts such as the audacious Skip Bayless who already claim that Jayson Tatum is better than Gordon Hayward. That is insane. Tatum will probably end up being better than Gordon Hayward in 3 or 4 years, but right now there’s no argument for the rookie over the former Butler Bulldog. Just a year removed from being an all star in the mighty Western Conference, the do it all small forward averaged 21.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 3.4apg last year as he carried the Utah Jazz to the playoffs. This is the level that Brad Stevens and the Celtics would like Jayson Tatum to eventually reach.
Gordon Hayward, the Celtics best two-way player, is a superstar. Let’s treat him like one.