Lazar Hayward

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Lazar Hayward
Lazar hayward.jpg
Hayward with the Timberwolves
Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1986-11-26) November 26, 1986 (age 27)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
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 playing 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
  • Third Team All-Big East (2008)

Lazar Miller Hayward (born November 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player. 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 Miami Heat), 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.

On October 27, 2012, he was traded to the Houston Rockets4 and subsequently waived.

On December 31, 2012, Hayward re-signed with the Timberwolves.56 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

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

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


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

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