The Utah Jazz have been able to hang on without Gordon Hayward. Last season he averaged 19.7 points a game and was the primary shot creator in the Jazz offense, he is an efficient scorer carrying a heavy load. He’s been out since Oct. 7 October after breaking a finger on his left (non-shooting) hand in training camp.
Without him, the Jazz are 3-3 with the 19th ranked offense in the NBA. With him… we will find out starting Sunday, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Source: Jazz star Gordon Hayward is expected to make his season debut in Sunday’s matinee game vs. Knicks.
He beat the timetable for a return by a week or two.
This is huge for Utah, who has had George Hill carrying the offensive load so far (and doing well, but he needs help). Myself and many pundits picked a breakout season for the Jazz, maybe a top-four seed, based off an elite defense and Hayward — an underrated, All-NBA level player — creating the offense. So far that defense also has been pedestrian, but with Hayward back the team should see quick improvement on both ends.