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Chuck Hayes Article

In General NBA on November 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

Nice article in the Houston Chronicle on Chuck Hayes

Chuck Hayes is the most remarkable player on the NBA’s most remarkable team. How’s that for an opening sentence? Good one, huh?

Don’t believe me? Let’s check in at Toyota Center and run it past some people who should know.

“Luis Scola and I were talking in the weight room this morning,” Shane Battier said, “and we both agreed Chuck Hayes is our favorite player in the NBA.”

How so?

“It’s pretty amazing what he does,” Battier said. “He’s a huge reason we’ve been one of the best defensive teams in the league the last few years.”

How about you, Carl Landry? Do you love Hayes as much as the rest of us?

“He’s the perfect player,” Landry said. “He rebounds, plays defense, takes charges, gets steals. He does the dirty work.”

Is that right, Scola?

“It’s a pleasure to play with him,” Scola said. “He plays hard. He does everything a basketball player should do. He’s a great teammate.”

The article continues — Coach, what do you think of Chuck?

Surely someone disagrees. Coach Rick Adelman, are you ready to get rid of the Chuck Wagon?

“He’s incredible,” Adelman said. “You watch him play that game (against the Lakers on Wednesday) against a 7-1 guy (Andrew Bynum). That guy is a really good young player. He gets 17 points and 17 rebounds. Chuck ends up with 14 and 14.

“When he’s on the court, we’re so different. Right now, he’s confident and making some plays for himself. He’s playing with a lot of freedom. I marvel at what he gets done against certain people in this league.”

“He’s a competitor,” Rockets assistant coach Elston Turner said. “It’s the way he competes every night. It’s the way he’s coachable and knowledgeable. Those are things we love. When you can compete, sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re undersized. Sometimes winning and losing is just a matter of who plays the hardest.”

On his physical attributes

He’s an NBA center. He’s also 6-6, 238 pounds.

“And that’s being generous,” Battier said.

Almost every night, he’s assigned to guard a guy at least 6 inches taller and 30 to 40 pounds heavier. He does it because of his heart, drive and smarts. He’s maybe the NBA’s strongest player, with strong hands and a strong base, and when he positions himself in the low block, no one moves him.

Chuck Hayes

Hayes’ stats in the early part of this season

  • 27.1 minutes per game
  • 6.6 points per game
  • 6.9 rebounds per game (9.1 boards per 36)
  • 2.4 steals per game + 0.6 blocks per game
  • 59% field goal percentage

Chuck’s rebounding is lower than previous seasons on a per minute basis so we may see an increase there as the season goes on. However, his steals numbers are way above what his past work.

Chuck Hayes best asset is his defensive impact. He’s a remarkable defender who’s one of the few players in the NBA capable of defending all five positions at an above average level. His ability to defend all types of opposing players allows him to switch onto position with ease. Hayes’ team defense is excellent. He reads the game tremendously well and makes timely rotations. He also defends the pick and roll very well. Perhaps Hayes’ best asset is his post defense. Nobody can move him off the low block which generally leads opposing post scorers taking off balance shots which miss a good clip.

A very good role player. The Houston Rockets are lucky to have him.

Note: I think Hayes’ contract is up at the end of the season too. It’ll be interesting to see how his price tag is affected by the increased playing time.

  1. Chuch Hayes has always been one of the very best … and hugely under-rated … role players in the NBA.

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