The Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward had a turbulent season in 2018-19. After coming off one of the most gruesome injuries in NBA history that cost him an entire season, Hayward struggled to come back to the form that had landed him a monster contract from Boston.
He recorded some of the lowest numbers since his rookie season in Utah, averaging 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists.
However, there were flashes of the old Hayward. He scored a season-high 35 points against the Timberwolves. He hit a tough game-winning jump shot against the Kings. He was able to take the floor for 72 regular-season games.
The Celtics know that Hayward is capable of returning to his old self. A Celtics coach claimed that he is the player that will truly unlock the team's potential:
“Look, the kids are the key. We need Jayson (Tatum) and Jaylen (Brown) to be our dogs. They need to be bad asses. We know Kemba (Walker) is gonna be great. Our bigs are all skilled in different ways. But, Gordon is going to be the dude who unlocks everything. He’s so skilled in all facets of the game. I saw him before we left to come here and he was kicking everyone’s ass in the gym. He wants to prove he’s still that dude.”
People can forget that Hayward is only two years removed from being an All-Star who averaged a shade under 22 points a game.
It would be amazing to see him return to this production after such a devastating blow cut his progress short.