Welcome Lazar Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder. What do we know about Hayward? Well, we know he is from Marquette. He was the 30th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He’s from Buffalo, New York. Nick name is “Big Money.” He competed in the World University games while attending Marquette. However, one negative thing we know he was a defensive liability and a poor shooter for the season.
However, the overall stats don’t tell the whole story. His first half production, compared to a post All-Star production is basically a 180 degree turn. He had massive improvement across the board. Also, his month by month production also improved with the minutes he earned.
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And his pre and post All-star numbers
While it shows he had a massive improvement, you might be glaring at the three point percentage. Shouldn’t be much of a surprise, while at Marquette, he was just barely above average three point shooter. However, his shooting percentage increased dramatically. Not to mention, his defense continue to improve.
If you look at Hayward’s per 48 minute stats. He’s really going to come along nicely. Per 48 minutes, he’s averaging 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds. Really decent numbers. Also, only turning the ball over 2.2 times on average.
While Hayward would not have to go 48 minutes very rarely. He will provide a solid back up for Kevin Durant if needed. In the Oklahoma City defense he should improve his defensive rating. He won’t be relied on so much as a defender, just a minute filler from here or there. Hayward averaged 10 minutes per game while on a poor Minnesota roster.
One thing to point out is that Hayward was 14th out of 17 players who saw minutes for the Timberwolves. So, it remains to be seen how much we’ll actually see Hayward on the court. He could be designated to the D-League, which Minnesota did last season. Hayward was designated to Sioux Falls Sky Foce.
It’ll be really interesting to see how Scott Brooks fits him into the rotation, even if does at all.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!