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Lazar Hayward

Lazar Hayward
Hayward with the Timberwolves
Free agent
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1986-11-26) November 26, 1986
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Buffalo Traditional
Notre Dame Prep
College Marquette (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Minnesota Timberwolves
2011–2012 Oklahoma City Thunder
2012 Tulsa 66ers
2012–2013 Minnesota Timberwolves
2013 Los Angeles D-Fenders
Career highlights and awards

Lazar Miller Hayward (born November 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He was a college standout for Marquette University.

Early years

High school career

Hayward went to Buffalo Traditional High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. After graduating from Buffalo Traditional in 2005, Hayward enrolled in Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, as only the NCAA Division III college SUNY Fredonia expressed any interest in Hayward.[1]

College career

Hayward attended Notre Dame Prep School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and while he attended he played with many other notable players, like Michael Beasley (currently playing for the Shanghai Sharks), Syracuse University standout Paul Harris and UTEP player Derrick Caracter. Hayward started both freshman and sophomore seasons. After Notre Dame Preparatory School Hayward attended Marquette University. Lazar always wears a backwards Nike headband matching his uniform. Hayward was named one of the top 25 wings in the nation coming out of high school. At Marquette University, Lazar received the nickname "Money Man". He finished his Marquette career as the program's 2nd all-time leading scorer and 5th all-time in rebounds, as well as garnering 2nd Team All-Big East honors in 2008 and 2010 and Honorable Mention AP All-American status in 2010 while leading Marquette to 4 NCAA Tournament appearances. On April 2, 2010, Hayward was named the Hershey's Player of the Game in the Reese's College All-Star Game.[2]

Professional career

He was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 30th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but his draft rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves shortly after being drafted. In 2011, his college teammate Jimmy Butler was taken with the same pick in the NBA Draft. It was the first time Marquette players went back-to-back in the first round since Bo Ellis was drafted by Washington in 1977 and Butch Lee was taken by Atlanta in 1978.

In his first season in the NBA, he averaged 3.8 points in 10 minutes per game for Timberwolves. On December 13, 2011, before the start of another season, Hayward was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two second round draft picks and Robert Vaden.

The Thunder assigned Hayward to the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League on March 2, 2012.[3] The Thunder recalled him on March 4, 2012 after he averaged 28 ppg in 2 games with the Tulsa 66ers. With the Thunder that season, he averaged 1.4 points per game, shooting 34% from the field. Hayward reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat.

On October 27, 2012, he was traded to the Houston Rockets[4] and subsequently waived.

On December 31, 2012, Hayward re-signed with the Timberwolves.[5][6] He was waived by the Timberwolves on January 6, 2013,[7] but re-signed two days later on a ten-day contract.[8]

On January 28, 2013, Hayward was re-acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[9] He was waived by the team on April 4, 2013, due to an injury.[10]

In September 2013, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.[11] He was later waived by the Pelicans on October 13, 2013.[12]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Minnesota 42 0 10.0 .357 .283 .786 1.7 .7 .3 .2 3.8
2011–12 Oklahoma City 26 0 5.4 .342 .286 .583 .6 .2 .1 .0 1.4
2012–13 Minnesota 4 0 7.8 .200 .000 1.000 1.0 .8 .5 .0 2.5
Career 72 0 8.2 .347 .269 .767 1.3 .5 .2 .1 2.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Oklahoma City 5 0 3.6 .667 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 .8
Career 5 0 3.6 .667 .000 .000 .8 .0 .0 .0 .8

See also

References

  1. ^ Gallivan, Pete (March 16, 2010). "Buffalo's Lazar Hayward Ready To Shine In San Jose". WGRZ. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 Reese’s College All-Star Game". cbssports.com/mcc. CBS Sports. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Oklahoma City Thunder assign forward Lazar Hayward to the Tulsa 66ers
  4. ^ Hayward traded to Rockets
  5. ^ Minnesota Timberwolves Sign Free-Agent Forward Lazar Hayward
  6. ^ Wolves sign Lazar Hayward to shore up frontcourt
  7. ^ Wolves Waive Lazar Hayward
  8. ^ Wolves Sign Lazar Hayward To 10-Day Contract
  9. ^ Lazar Hayward returns to Los Angeles D-Fenders
  10. ^ 2012-13 Transactions
  11. ^ PELICANS ANNOUNCE 2013 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
  12. ^ PELICANS WAIVE LAZAR HAYWARD
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