This number is remarkable, but it is the fact that he is shooting at 52.3 percent from the field in this time, which is certainly eye-opening. His career field goal percentage is 45.1 percent.
He is also shooting at the best clip of his career from three. He is going at 44.1 percent compared to his career number of 37.8 percent?
However, Hill was brought into the team to play point guard so add to these numbers his 4.3 assists per game. This is up from his career number of 3.3.
Even with Hayward back, it is safe to say that Utah has found this season’s starting point guard.
Joe Johnson has done nothing to write home about in terms of his personal performance this season. In the first six games his points per game output this year is only 13.7. His career number is 16.7 points per game.
All of his numbers are down this season compared to his career except for two. Johnson’s field goal percentage for this season is sitting at 50.8 percent compared to his career number of 44.3 percent.
Add to this his three-point percentage is 55.0 percent compared to his career number of 37.2 percent.
Again, I say this is a small sample size, but what would have happened if Joe Ingles was the starter? Those numbers have kept Utah in games, even helping to win them.
Now that Hayward is back, Johnson can produce from the bench, making the Utah Jazz even stronger.
Yes I know that Dante Exum has played a season with the Jazz. However, due to having last season off he is like an injection of new talent into the team.
Now that Hill is cementing his place as the starting point guard, Exum has more time to develop as a player without the expectations of a team who seem to have been trying to replace John Stockton.
Exum is a different type of player to both Hill and Shelvin Mack who is the other point guard in the rotation. Exum is a pass first, defensive minded point guard who also played at shooting guard in the preseason.
Exum’s length, ball handling and passing ability make him a good prospect to play alongside Hayward, Hill and Mack to give the Jazz two and three play-making options on the court at once whilst not hurting their defense.
The start of November was better. The Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio and then the beat the Dallas Mavericks in Utah. Unfortunately the Jazz lost the return matchup to the Spurs in Utah, but went 2-1 to start November.
Taking a victory against the Spurs anywhere is beneficial but taking one on their home floor was almost impossible last year. To do it without Hayward would have given this team incredible levels of confidence.
They also did not beat the Spurs at all last year, so this is one up already this season.