Gordon Daniel Hayward is an American professional basketball player who plays as a small forward for the Boston Celtics of the NBA, He played college basketball for Butler University for two seasons, he led his team to a runner-up finish in the 2010 NCAA season during his sophomore year. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, he was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2017.
Hayward had an impressive college career for Butler and even represented Team USA at the FIBA Under 19 World Cup in 2009, he continued to develop under then Butler Head Coach Brad Stevens. In the 2010 NCAA championship game against Duke, he barely missed a game-winning, buzzer-beating, half-court shot, which hit the backboard and rim and would have given Butler its first ever NCAA championship.
In his rookie season, Hayward appeared in 72 games, starting 17 and averaging 5.4 points and 1.9 rebounds. His role remained the same in his 2nd year in the NBA but he became a much more efficient player, he was also selected to be a part of the 2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
Hayward continued to improve year after year but his breakout season came in the 2016-17 when he was named a Western conference all-star after leading his team to an impressive playoff run.
Heading into the NBA 2017-18 NBA Season, Hayward was an unrestricted free agent for the first time, he decided to team up with Kyrie Irving at Boston. Less than 6 minutes into his debut for the Celtics, Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg which ruled him out for the rest of the season, Hayward made considerable progress after a surgery