The Million Dollar Dream (AKA The Sleeper)

With the 2010 NBA Draft looming over our shoulders, I decided to write a piece focusing on this year’s potential sleeper, Gordon Hayward.  I love pure-shooters, especially those with text-book form, hence Stephen Curry is my favorite NBA sharp-shooter, and this was prior to him being drafted by my Golden State Warriors.  Gordon Hayward has similarities to Curry, primarily their demeanor on the court.  They seem undeterred by the big stage.  We touched on their shooting abilities, but they both let the game come to them, which is uncommon in young players.  The fundamentals have already been established with these two, which usually leads to instant impact once they dawn an NBA jersey.  One thing Hayward has over Curry is size, but then again, Adam Morrison was a bigger guard coming out of Gonzaga, and aside from hitch-hiking his way to a championship ring  last season, Morrison’s career is an obvious bust.

What this all goes to show is that sometimes size doesn’t matter, but more so the system you get placed in.  Although Curry would have been successful no matter where he went, it’s clear he’s benefited from a free-flowing offense, the same offense that a player like Gordon Hayward might flourish in.  I know the Warriors won’t take Hayward at number six, but if a team like Oklahoma City swoops him at 21 or 26, or Memphis takes him at 25 or 28, it should be considered a steal.  Especially if he goes to Memphis, where there isn’t a clear-cut star on the team, so the potential is greater for Hayward there.  Regardless of where he lands, I’m rooting for the kid, and I’m hoping to look back five years from now and read this post and for once, have proof that I know just what the hell I’m talking about.

9 responses to “The Million Dollar Dream (AKA The Sleeper)

  • tophatal


    Do you think that the NBA fraternity long for the days when there was a Caucasian player that the fans can relate to in the mould of Larry Bird ? Because that’s now in essence is what the game is actually missing. They can’t call Nowitzki one of their own as he’s German. So one can surmise that the ascent of Hayward would be the next best thing ?


  • dyslecix

    At this point I’ve just decided to lump all white guys of this mold as busts (even a head of time). I’m jaded and bias…..Even Dunleavy who I thought would be a great pro has been a bust for the most part.

    I just can’t see Hayward being any different.

    • tophatal


      If Hayward has a better career than Shaun Bradley or Dermott ” Big Country ” Reeves surely that’s got to count for something hasn’t it ? LOL,LOL, LOL !!!

      White Boys Can Jump but in reality they’re simply not as good as their ethnic counterparts . ‘nough said !


  • By

    This is all true, perhaps the greatest white player of all-time Larry Bird, doesn’t even consider his game “white.” So Hayward has history working against him. I still like him though, don’t sleep y’all!

    • tophatal


      Wouldn’t it be best if Hayward first showed off some of his moves on Dancing With The Stars ? Then we could see if …………” white boy can dance as well as move” .

      Bird was one of a kind …………”unique” !

      I hear that former music mogul , movie producer and multi-billionaire David Geffen is prepared to buy the Clippers and intends to lure LeBron James there ? He’s been in contact with James’ agent Maverick Grant , who’s a close personal friend of his.

      Source: Geffen eyes control of Clippers

      Would LeBron James be willing to play for the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling no longer owned the team? Billionaire entertainment mogul David Geffen wants to find out.

      A source close to the situation confirmed a New York Post report that Geffen is interested in purchasing a majority share of the Clippers — and that the long-shot attempt to convince Sterling to cede operating control of the team is among the reasons James and close friend Maverick Carter were in Los Angeles over the weekend.

      Sterling has insisted for nearly three decades that he will never sell the franchise. But the New York Post reported in Tuesday’s editions that Geffen — who already has a working relationship with James and Carter — has expressed interest in buying a 51 percent stake in the Clippers.

      Click on link to read article in its entirety.

      Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling is a putz ! He’s about as much a businessman as Clay Aiken could be considered to be a suitable candidate for the US Marine Corps.


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