With the transition into this new era of Jazz basketball, the brunt of the pressure seems to be falling on one guy: Gordon Hayward.
But with all the positive feedback coming from the US Men’s National Team practices in Las Vegas right now, what better time to talk about one of the newest cornerstones of the franchise? As the Jazz’s longest tenured player, it feels almost ironic to classify him as “new” though. Gordon is now one of only two Jazzmen to play under Coach Sloan. Jeremy Evans, the other, has only three more career starts than I do—hardly on the same level as Hayward.
So we put our trust in G-Time. The skinny kid out of Butler who was booed on draft night.
Rather than picking apart his potential, I thought we could analyze his growth in another area.
His facial hair.
The baby-faced player we’ve been accustomed to over the past 3 years is growing up right before our eyes. As his game matures, so do his pores. Let’s take a walk through history with a photo recap of his scruffy development.
From the earlier picture, we have proof that his father has indeed taught him how to shave. And well before it was probably necessary. He was just a rosy-cheeked boy learning to tie a tie like any of us.