Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) dribbles at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2014: The Gordon Hayward Experiment

Apr 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward (20) looks on against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 130-102. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

With so much hype going into the upcoming draft this summer, the 76ers best option is to find some key role players that will be in the free agent pool this year. For the first time in a long time the team will be under the cap by a huge margin. The Sixers can set themselves up by acquiring key players with specific roles to help at any given point during the game.

One player that the Sixers should have the cross hairs locked in on is Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz. A player of his caliber and his solid scoring ability will be vital if the Sixers are truly looking to rebuild and acquire the right pieces to build a winning franchise.

Hayward in only his third NBA season has done a great job of being a consistent shooter on the floor. Not since the likes of Kyle Korver have the Sixers had a legitimate CONSISTENT shooter on the team. They have had their run in’s with several players who just did not pan out how the Sixers would have hoped. I’m sure you’re familiar with the term, “numbers never lie”, well Hayward’s numbers are solid for his time spent in the NBA.

A third year player, he is averaging just under 17.0 points per game. He can attack the basket or hit the mid-range jumper with his eyes closed. His effective ability to shoot the ball at a consistent pace makes him a low risk , high reward kind of individual. He also does not forget about his teammates, averaging 5.3 assists per game. Imagine the ball movement with Hayward playing minutes along side Carter-Williams and Thad Young. Hayward’s shooting from downtown could be better. He shot .304 percent from beyond-the-arc this season. That is one area he will have to improve on and under the tutelage of coach Brett Brown, I surely can see that deep shot developing.

All in all, if the Sixers are not able to grab a guy like Doug McDermott, who can shoot it from the nose bleed section if he had to, I think Hayward is a solid option assuming Utah doesn’t re-sign him. If Utah is that naive and does not give him a contract than Im sure the Sixers will be calling.

Do you see Gordon Hayward as a fit for the 76ers?

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