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Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison thinks Gordon Hayward ‘still has a chance to be one of the best players in the league’

Gordon Hayward

Boston Celtics assistant coach Scott Morrison thinks Gordon Hayward “still has a chance to be one of the best players in the league.”

Morrison has been working with Hayward closely this summer in Boston. Hayward stayed in Boston this offseason instead of heading to his usual training spot in San Diego so he could be around the Celtics’ training and coaching staff.

“I think this season, more than anything, he probably just wants to get back out there and not have to hear about whether he’s back to 100 percent health or what impact the injury had on him last season or anything like that,” Morrison told Jay King of The Athletic.

“That’s kind of behind him, and he just wants to have a good season. I’m sure everyone will see how talented he is because I think he still has a chance to be one of the best players in the league.”

Gordon Hayward struggled last season, as he was making his way back from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered on opening night in 2017-18.

Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Celtics in 2018-19 while shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.4 percent from the free-throw line.

He will be two years removed from the injury this upcoming season, so Hayward should be more explosive and comfortable on the court for the Celtics, who will need Hayward to play like an All-Star again since Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are gone.