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Enes Kanter thinks Gordon Hayward ‘should be eyeing the All-Star game’

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Boston Celtics big man Enes Kanter thinks small forward Gordon Hayward “should be eyeing the All-Star game.”

Kanter says Hayward looks really good and confident in the workouts he’s seen. The new Celtics power forward is expecting Hayward to have a big 2019-20 season for Boston.

“I think he should definitely start eyeing the All-Star game,” Kanter told NBC Sports Boston. “I just actually played against him today. He looked amazing. In really good shape. A lot of confidence.”

Gordon Hayward stayed in Boston all summer instead of going to his usual offseason home of San Diego so he could train with the Celtics’ coaching and training staff.

Last season, Hayward averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists 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 didn’t have the year he thought he was going to have, but we have to remember Hayward was coming back from that gruesome ankle injury he suffered in 2017-18 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night.

The Celtics are looking forward to seeing which version of Hayward they’re going to get in 2019-20. Hayward will be two years removed from the injury this upcoming season, so he should be more explosive and comfortable on the court.