Jaxson Hayes
Jaxson Hayes
20-Year-Old CenterC
New Orleans Pelicans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hayes' freshman season was cut short by what looked like a serious knee injury, but an MRI ultimately revealed no structural damage, and he was able to participate in summer league. Hayes, who averaged 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game at Texas, is a terrific frontcourt athlete and shot-blocker, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding his abilities on offense. That said, he was surprisingly effective on offense in summer league, averaging 16.3 points on 10.8 shots. He also added 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks across 24.3 minutes in four contests. While the Pelicans showed plenty of confidence in Hayes by drafting him eighth overall, the 19-year-old has competition for playing time. Derrick Favors, Jahlil Okafor and Zion Williamson are all candidates to see action at center, which could cut into Hayes' workload. It might be tough for the rookie to carve out a standard-league fantasy role right out of the gate, but it's possible he'll make for a streaming option for blocks and field-goal percentage. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.97 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jaxson Reed Hayes was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 2000. He is the son of Jonathan and Kristi Hayes. When Jaxson was three years old, the family moved to Cincinnati. Jaxson's father spent 15 seasons as the tight end coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (2003-18) and four years as an assistant coach (tight end/special teams) at the University of Oklahoma (1999-2002). His dad was also an All-American tight end at the University of Iowa (1982-85) who went on to play 12 seasons in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. Jaxson's mother played basketball at Drake University (1991-95) and earned honorable mention Kodak All-American accolades and Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior (1994-95). Jaxson has one younger sister and two younger brothers. He attended and played basketball at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he grew from six feet tall as a freshman to 6-foot-11 as a senior. During his senior season, Hayes averaged 12 points, seven boards and four blocks per game. He then went on to play one year of college ball at the University of Texas. Fans can follow the big center on Twitter (@hayes_jaxson).

College/International Summary

Hayes began his lone season (2018-19) at the University of Texas by coming off the bench for coach Shaka Smart. The freshman center was productive as a reserve and scored at least 11 points in five of his first six games. Smart put Hayes in the starting lineup on Dec. 28 against UT-Arlington and the 6-foot-11 Longhorn was a starter from that point forward. He averaged 10.0 points on 72.8 percent shooting from the field with 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. His per game block mark ranked third in the Big 12. On Jan. 14, Hayes posted 15 points, six rebounds and five blocks in a win over Oklahoma and followed that game with 10 points, six rebounds and five blocks in a loss at TCU. On Feb. 23, the young center had 12 points, six boards and six blocks in a road loss to the Sooners. In his Big 12 Tournament debut against Kansas, the freshman injured his left knee and did not play again for Texas. He was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Following the season, Hayes chose to enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

Role dwindling
CNew Orleans Pelicans
February 24, 2020
Hayes logged just three minutes in Sunday's 115-101 victory over the Warriors. He was charged with a foul and accrued no other statistics.
ANALYSIS
Hayes has played fewer than 10 minutes in four of the past five games and probably won't see his role grow in any substantial way unless Derrick Favors falls victim to injury. Even when Favors is off the court, coach Alvin Gentry has shown an increased willingness to use either Zion Williamson or Nicolo Melli as a small-ball center, minimizing Hayes' playing time as a result.
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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Marcos Louzada Silva and a 2020 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Jordan Bone, Solomon Hill, De'Andre Hunter and a 2023 2nd round draft pick and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter.
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Logs 15 minutes
CNew Orleans Pelicans
January 28, 2020
Hayes had eight points (3-5 FG, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes during Tuesday's 125-111 win over the Cavaliers.
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Starting Monday
CNew Orleans Pelicans
January 20, 2020
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Monday's contest against Memphis, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
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Marginalized off bench
CNew Orleans Pelicans
January 14, 2020
Hayes came off the bench in Monday's 117-110 overtime win over the Pistons, finishing with eight points (2-3 FG, 4-6 FT) and six rebounds.
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Scores career-high 20
CNew Orleans Pelicans
January 11, 2020
Hayes produced 20 points (9-13 FG, 2-5 FT), two rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 26 minutes during Saturday's 140-105 loss to the Celtics.
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Rejoins starting five
CNew Orleans Pelicans
January 11, 2020
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game at Boston, Celtics' broadcaster Sean Grande reports.
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