Eight games into his second NBA season, Gordon Hayward is on the verge of taking the next step.
He reacts more than he thinks, attacks and fires instead of patiently waiting. Sometimes, he's still too deferential. Others, he's the fourth option in a five-man set, content to allow veterans Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Devin Harris to carry the Jazz's weight.
But when the 21-year-old Utah small forward engages, he can ignite. Such was the case Saturday, when Hayward scored a team-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting during Utah's 88-87 road victory against Golden State. Aggressive from jump ball, he buried 2 of 3 3-point attempts, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and collected two steals in 29 minutes.
Gordon Hayward moves closer to next step
Salt Lake Tribune | Jan 10