The 2017 MLB All-Star Weekend will begin with the SiriusXM Futures Game on Sunday, July 9, at Marlins Park in Miami.
Hayward isn’t an isolation-heavy player, though. Instead, he scores 28.6 percent of his points in the pick-and-roll, where he ranked in the 87.1 percentile with 0.98 points per possession last season. In addition to improving his finishing at the rim, Hayward’s success in the pick-and-roll is mainly due to him being one of the better pull-up shooters in the NBA. He converted 41.1 percent of his 2-point pull-ups and 41.3 percent of his 3-point pull-ups last season. His effective field goal Cheap Team Soccer Jerseys percentage of 47.0 in those situations was comparable to a number of other All-Stars such as Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker.
That means the Celtics would have two of the best pick-and-roll scorers in the NBA, both of whom are comfortable and capable scorers without the ball in their hands, paired with a highly skilled big man who can pop and roll. As long as they could figure out the balance of who attacks when, the offense has the mechanics to work well.
Hayward’s willingness to play power forward, where he logged 30 percent of his minutes last season, only adds to his value. A lineup of Thomas, Bradley, Crowder/Jaylen Brown, Hayward and Horford, for example, would give them shooting at every position and enough playmaking to take whatever the defense gives them. They’d be able to run a pick-and-roll with Thomas and Horford on one possession, only to then turn Thomas into a shooter while Hayward and Horford take center stage.
The Celtics could even run pick-and-rolls with Thomas and Hayward given Hayward’s ability to pop to the perimeter and attack smaller defenders on the block.