Gordon Hayward stepping up his fantasy game
In his last nine games, the 21-year-old has averaged 14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.8 bpg, 0.8 3s (and 0.9 turnovers) on 50.5 percent from the field and 80.5 percent from the line. And in his last four games, Hayward has been even better: 15.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg and 0.5 3s on 58.5 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the line.
Those aren’t explosive numbers – and I suppose this would be more of a quiet, steady breakout than a truly monstrous one – but add it all up and you have a player capable of averaging 15-plus points and 4-plus assists with great percentages and something close to the coveted 1-1-1 (one 3, one steal and one block per game). Furthermore, Hayward has the potential to continue improving as the season goes on – he averaged just 8.0 ppg on 38.2 percent shooting with no 20-point efforts in his first 17 games, but has three 20-plus point outbursts (and the aforementioned 14.9 ppg scoring average) in his last nine games.