Jazz land Shelvin Mack, Hayward’s former Butler teammate, from Hawks
Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates with teammate Shelvin Mack #1 against the Syracuse Orange during the west regional semifinal of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Energy Solutions Arena on March 25, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah
The trade, first reported by Yahoo’s The Vertical, reunites Hayward and Mack. Last time the two played on the same team, they made the 2010 NCAA Championship. While Hayward missed the buzzer-beater halfcourt shot that would have given Butler their first-ever basketball national title, their successes were nothing short of noteworthy.
Shelvin Mack will be a nice addition to the Jazz. He has ties to Gordon Hayward from Butler and Quin Snyder from Atlanta.
While Hayward declared for the 2010 NBA Draft and was selected with the No. 9 pick by Utah, Mack stayed for another year. After three seasons at Butler, Mack declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 34th overall pick of the 2011 Draft, by the Wizards.
During his collegiate career, he averaged 14.0 points with 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. He’s been slower during his professional career, averaging 5.3 points with 1.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game since 2011-12.
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