Gordon Hayward just wrapped up the best season of his young career with the Utah Jazz, and he earned recognition from his state in the process.
At the Fifth Annual Governor’s State of Sport Awards on Tuesday night, Gordon was honored as the top Pro/Olympic Male Athlete in the state of Utah. Via a public online vote, G-Time topped former BYU Cougar and current Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah, along with professional golfer Tony Finau and alpine ski racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety.
“The lessons learned from sports stay with us and benefit us throughout our lives,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “It is great to honor the top athletes, teams and coaches in our state, and I salute each nominee for their contributions to sports in Utah.”
H20 became the third player in NBA history to increase his scoring average by two points in four straight seasons. He averaged a career-best 19.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals, while breaking 30 points four times, including 38 games of 20 points or more. In doing so, he guided the Jazz (40-42) to their most wins in the last three seasons and nearly to their first playoff berth in four years.
At the international level, Gordon is one of 31 finalists to make the 12-man roster for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The final roster is expected to be released in late June.
- Hayward wins a Governor’s State of Sport Award (Utah Jazz, May 10, 2016)
- From high school stars to a baseball legend, Governor’s State of Sport Awards honor Utah’s best (Deseret News, May 10, 2016)
- Hayward wins Utah sports award (Salt Lake Tribune, May 10, 2016)
- Governor’s State of Sports Awards sees winners range from Jazz’s Gordon Hayward to tiny Panguitch High (Salt Lake Tribune, May 10, 2016)