• Gordon Hayward
    F, Boston Celtics

    As the Celtics search for answers to jump-start their struggling offense and play more consistently, Brad Stevens said he is considering lineup changes while Gordon Hayward would not be offended by coming off the bench.

    Hayward is admittedly off to a slow start after he missed all but five minutes of last season with a severe leg injury. He is averaging 9.9 points on 39.6 percent shooting and 31.9 percent from the 3-point line returning borderline top-150 for his owners. “For me, I’m happy to be on the court, No. 1 more than anything and, No. 2, whatever I can do to help us win,’’ Hayward said at practice yesterday. “I was clear before the season, it’s whatever to me.” The swingman is getting more comfortable as a point forward and playmaker and after amassing just 10 assists in his first six games, he has collected 24 in his past six games. One of Stevens’s goals during the preseason was to have Hayward facilitate the offense in certain situations so the slow start can be attributed to his adjustment to the system as well. Hayward could very well be a buy-low candidate at this point but it’s obvious that he hasn’t played basketball for a year and he is still far away from returning to his top form.

    Source: Boston Globe