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Hayward----4 of the things he needs to work on
Noone is a bigger fan of Hayward than I. You see his mantra "#improveeveryday" on twitter
OK here are 4 things in my humble opinion you need to work on/incorporate into your game.
1) Don't try to take people off the dribble with you facing your defender all of the time.
You can still do this but you need to start doing what Magic Johnson (and a lot of other very
successful NBA players have done) and that is when near or just inside the arc do not face the
defender but rather put your rear end first and back down the defender. Having your body between
you and the defender will create a buffer for you. In other words by doing this distance will created
between the your defender and the ball. I think this will help you because although he you are a good
dribbler for someone 6'8" tall you still are not great. This will be just another tactic you can use to
be a more proficient dribbler. I don't think you do this because although I do think you a true
competitor you are not into aspects of the game that involve heavy contact. Backing done someone
though does create contact but not a lot relatively speaking.
2) In the half court set when you flash through the lane and hold up you arms requesting an entry pass
you can't do it for a microsecond. You need to hold that position a little longer and you need to be much
more assertive in demanding the ball from your teammate. You in the lane one on one against your defender
would add another element to your game. You would be closer to the basket be defended typically by someone
3) develop a floater
4) post up your defender up off the block occasionally (when big al isn't there).
The four aforementioned suggestions all have to do with maximizing Hayward's capabilities in space.
Experiment a little! This is the only way you will be able to truly #improveeveryday as you say on Twitter.
P.S. I do agree with a Harpring comment he made in the Spurs game. He was commenting about how
Randy Foye when he comes off a curl is thinking only one thing----shoot it immediately. I think have
this mentality also.
11-04-2012 08:28 PM
Having read this I still say that I liked some of what I saw in Hayward last game. Lot's of team stuff, really assertive. He's kind of turning into a glue guy, and the good news is that glue guys don't demand as big of a contract as a star, yet they are just as important to a team.
1) Hayward has no chance to back down a defender unless he's in the post, and he has no post game. He's barely an adequate driver facing his man as is.
2) Nobody can hang out waiting for a pass in the lane. No idea what you're talking about.
3) Hayward can't shoot a floater. But in the Spurs game, he finally showed flashes of what could be an elite talent for him -- he stop and popped in the lane twice using two different moves to get space for himself. That's a huge X factor for his potential. If he can become deadly shooting from 6 - 10 feet on stop and pops, he will have his one Go To offensive skill. I don't think he can regularly do this, but it's huge if he can.
4) Again, Hayward cannot post. I have no idea why anyone thinks he can.
How about the one thing he's seemed to conquer - lack of confidence.
This is the first year where Hayward has come out of the gate and not looked totally befuddled and intimidated by the game of basketball - certainly on offense anyway. No hanging his head after a shot rims out, no passing the ball back out on the perimeter when he's 1 foot from the basket.
While he's starting from a higher point this year if he makes the same incremental improvement as he has the last two years we should be looking at a very, very solid season from him.
so you agree with the OP? these are all things he needs to work on?
Originally Posted by billyshelby
Ever notice that Hayward plays better after something happens that pisses him off.
We need a trick to get him pissed before every game tips off
Good point. repped.
Originally Posted by salo
I have given out to much rep in the last 24 hours apparently
You couldn't be further from the truth. Hayward for the 7 millionth time, isn't being used right. Ty needs to let Hayward run the offense.
Originally Posted by delpotro
1. The way Ty is using Him, why would he try to play like Magic. He's used as a scorer and shooter not a pg. I hope you are not saying he shies away from contact, because that is wrong. The kid never backs down from any challenge. He drives hard to the hoop every time plays great hard nosed defense and is the strongest competitor on the team.
2. What the hell! Who flashes through the lane and stand there? Please clarify?
3. Sure why not, but I'd much prefer him to further develop his pull up jumper in the lane.
4. First off when is Al not on the block, second with Al, Millsap, Favors, and Kanter, and Marv all being better options, why would the jazz post up Hayward.
In conclusion you need to stop thinking of him as a scorer like most other sg's and think of him as a playmaker, now if only Ty would.
Are you sure in #1 you didn't mean riding someone off his hip instead of his backside?
Hayweird is trying to add an awkward behind the back direction reversal. It's not the prettiest yet but it's been reasonably effective. But just like his excellent first step and studder step past PnR, he has no damn idea what to do with the ball once past his defender. I suppose this is where you want him to put his defender on his ass and create space from there?
Put some respeck in my paycheck