Gordon Hayward comes upon his 4th year on the Jazz, how will being the longest tenured player change him? (Photo credit: USA Today)
Gordon Hayward has more in common with Larry Bird than you might think. They’re both fairly pale, are small-town products from Indiana and served as the face of their team. Although growing up an hour away from where Hoosiers is historically based, the 6’8” Jazz man has always had some underdog in him. Hayward, who now serves as the face of the franchise as the longest tenured player is a perfect fit for Salt Lake.
There aren’t many cases where NBA players don’t have basketball as their premier focus during their high school years, but this was the case for Hayward. The Brownsburg native was a talented tennis player, along with his twin sister, who had tennis in mind when looking at universities. Hayward considered going to Purdue, before a huge growth spurt in high school, where he arose in height from 5’11” to 6’4” eventually topping out at 6’8.”