Gordon Hayward selected to NBA All-Star Game

Hayward is first Jazz player since Deron Williams in 2011 to named NBA All-Star

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) -  Gordon Hayward was named to the NBA Western Conference All-Star team as a reserve, becoming the first Utah Jazz player since Deron Williams in 2011 to earn All-Star honors.

In his 7th year in the NBA, Hayward is averaging 21.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, in leading the Jazz to a 29-18 record, first place in the Northwest Division.

"I would like to thank Jazz fans for their support throughout my career, as well as the coaches for their votes," Hayward said in a statement. "My teammates, our coaching and support staff helped put me in this position. We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited about the direction we're headed. I look forward to representing Utah in New Orleans."

Hayward earned his first NBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors on January 16th. He is one of just six players in the NBA to be averaging at least 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and .520 effective field goal percentage. The Jazz are 21-7 this season when Hayward scores 20-or-more points and 4-1 when he scores 30-plus points. 

Hayward is the 12th Jazz player in history to be named an all-star, joining Carlos Boozer (2007-08), Adrian Dantley (1980-82, ‘84-86), Mark Eaton (1989), Rickey Green (1984), Andrei Kirilenko (2004), Karl Malone (1988-98, 2000-02), Pete Maravich (1977-79), Mehmet Okur (2007), Len “Truck” Robinson (1978), John Stockton (1989-97, 2000) and Deron Williams (2010, 2011).

Rudy Gobert, who many people thought deserved All-Star honors after averaging 12.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, and is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, was not selected.

Former Jazz player Paul Millsap, now with the Atlanta Hawks, was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the third time. 

The NBA All-Star Game will be played February 19th in New Orleans.



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