Chuck Hayes

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Chuck Hayes
Chuck Hayes cropped.jpg
Hayes with the Rockets.
No. 44 – Toronto Raptors
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1983-06-11) June 11, 1983 (age 31)
San Leandro, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school Modesto Christian School
(Modesto, California)
College Kentucky (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League)
20062011 Houston Rockets
20112013 Sacramento Kings
2013–present Toronto Raptors

Charles Edward "Chuck" Hayes, Jr. (born June 11, 1983) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. He played college basketball at the University of Kentucky from 2001 to 2005.

High school[edit]

As a junior attending Modesto Christian High School in California, Hayes was named all-league and all-state. That year he grabbed 31 rebounds in the 2000 Northern California championship game - a California High School record for all divisions. As a senior, Hayes was named "Mr. Basketball" in California and a Parade All-American while leading his team to the state championship game.

Hayes was also named an all-state football player as a sophomore.

College career[edit]

Hayes arrived at the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2001 after choosing UK over Kansas in a close recruiting battle. Hayes was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2002. During the next three years, he contributed to a resurgence in Kentucky basketball along with Keith Bogans, Gerald Fitch, Erik Daniels and Kelenna Azubuike. Over Hayes' sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Kentucky accumulated a record of 87–15 (.853), and earned final AP rankings of 1st, 2nd and 7th respectively. During Hayes' senior season, the Kentucky athletics department promoted him as an All-American candidate, using the slogan "All He Does Is Win". Although Hayes was named the 2004 SEC defensive player of the year, he did not earn All-America honors.

Hayes finished his career at Kentucky ranking 7th all time in rebounds, 8th in steals, 9th in blocked shots and 35th in points. He also tied Alex Groza for the Kentucky record for most consecutive starts with 110.

USA Basketball[edit]

Chuck Hayes was a member of the 2003 USA men's Pan American Games team. He started all five games and led the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. The team finished in fourth place with a 2–3 record playing against internationally experienced teams from North and South America.

Professional career[edit]

NBA Development League[edit]

Despite earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth pre-draft camp, Hayes was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but was signed by the Houston Rockets prior to the 2005–06 season. Hayes played in several preseason games before being cut. Hayes was then selected sixth in the 2005 NBA Development League Draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.[1] Hayes led the NBA D-League in rebounding with 12.2 a game in his tenure with the Thunderbirds.

NBA[edit]

Houston Rockets[edit]

Due to a rash of injuries on the Houston roster, Hayes was signed to a 10-day contract on January 18, 2006. In his second game in a Rockets uniform, Hayes posted a double-double, collecting 12 points and 13 rebounds in a 109–108 double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on January 20.[2] On January 28, the Rockets announced they were signing Hayes for the rest of the season.[3] Hayes earned a total of $231,390 for the season between the 10-day contract and the contract for the remainder of the year. He was later joined by former Kentucky teammate Keith Bogans, who was traded by the Charlotte Bobcats for Lonny Baxter on February 9.[4] The departure of Baxter created room in the depth chart for Hayes. Hayes was also temporarily joined by another Kentucky teammate, Gerald Fitch, who was traded to the Rockets on February 23 but was assigned to the D-League on March 7, 2006.

Hayes was quietly productive for the Rockets in his first season. He appeared in all 40 games after joining the team and averaged 13.4 minutes per game. Hayes was one of the most efficient defensive players in the league, ranking 3rd among rookies in rebounds per 48 minutes (16.1) and 14th in steals per 48 minutes (2.33). He also had an FG% of 52.6%, good for 11th highest in the league among players with at least 100 field goals attempted. On June 13, 2006 the Rockets decided to pick up the option year on his contract (which was worth $664,209), extending his stay with the Rockets through the 2006–07 season.[5] His first official NBA start occurred November 4, 2006 against the Dallas Mavericks. Fouling out after 17 minutes, he scored 2 points, had 3 rebounds, 2 steals.[6]

As a starter in most of the Rockets' games for the 2006–07 season, Hayes was a significant contributor. The scope of his role on the team was limited to rebounding, defense, and acting as a decoy or setting screens on offense. The ball was very rarely in his hands on offense. Nevertheless, he has received praise from his coaches[7] and has appeared on the leaderboard for several statistics in the NBA. He finished his second season in the NBA 12th in rebounds per minute and 34th in rebounds per game.

Several factors hindered Hayes' performance during the season. He hyperextended his left knee and was sidelined for two weeks. His stamina and durability over an 82 game season has been an issue as well; Hayes' style of play is more physically demanding than most. Finally, Hayes has become somewhat notorious for getting in foul trouble. He ended his second season with the 3rd most fouls per game and 7th most fouls per minute in the NBA.

Although not one of the league's premier players, in 2006 Hayes signed a shoe endorsement deal with Chinese athletic apparel company Li Ning. The deal was valued at $5 million.[8] On July 31, 2007 Hayes signed an incentive-laden contract with the Houston Rockets valued at $8 million over 4 years.[9][10] In 2009, Hayes was named co-captain along with Shane Battier for the 2009–10 Houston Rockets.

From 2003 to 2009, Hayes had the second highest defensive adjusted plus-minus of all NBA players.[11] Through December 25, 2009, Hayes had the fifth highest overall adjusted plus-minus for the 2009–10 NBA season.

During the 2009–10 season, Hayes had to log his minutes as the starting center, replacing the injured Yao Ming, who missed the entire season, after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot.[12]

On March 23, 2011, Hayes had his first career triple-double, dropping 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 131–112 home victory over the Golden State Warriors.[13]

Sacramento Kings[edit]

On December 9, 2011, Hayes signed a four-year, $21.3 million contract with the Sacramento Kings. However, the Kings voided the contract on December 19 after his physical exam showed a heart abnormality in an echo test, and the team conducted additional testing.[14] Hayes then went to the Cleveland Clinic for extensive tests on his heart, and issued a statement on December 22 that cardiologists at the hospital had cleared him to play.[15]

On December 22, 2011, Hayes and the Sacramento Kings agreed to a 4-year, $22.4 million deal.[16]

Toronto Raptors[edit]

On December 9, 2013, the Kings traded Hayes, along with Greivis Vásquez, Patrick Patterson, and John Salmons to the Toronto Raptors for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray.[17]

Player profile[edit]

Hayes is listed as a forward in the NBA, but played center during the Rockets' playoff run in 2009 after injuries to starter Yao Ming and his backup Dikembe Mutombo. Although his skills and style are most suited for interior play, he nearly always has to overcome a significant height disadvantage as he stands only 6'6".

Hayes delays the release on his jumpshots and free-throw attempts, which is referred to as having a "hitch". An example was seen in a game against the Utah Jazz in the 2007 NBA Playoffs, where his unorthodox release drew lane violations from three players on a free-throw attempt.[18]

Hayes has attributed his "nose for the ball" in part to his father's influence.[19]

Personal[edit]

On April 21, 2007, Hayes became a father to a baby boy, Dorian Titus Hayes. This day later marked Hayes' first career playoff start and first playoff victory as well.[20]

Hayes has professed an interest for singing, acting and playing poker.[21]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Houston 40 0 13.4 .562 .000 .644 4.5 .4 .7 .4 3.7
2006–07 Houston 78 43 22.0 .573 .000 .618 6.7 .6 .9 .2 5.6
2007–08 Houston 79 44 19.9 .511 .000 .458 5.4 1.2 1.1 .5 3.0
2008–09 Houston 71 1 12.1 .372 .000 .368 3.5 .6 .5 .3 1.3
2009–10 Houston 82 82 21.6 .489 .000 .545 5.7 1.7 .9 .5 4.4
2010–11 Houston 74 63 28.1 .527 .000 .662 8.1 2.7 1.1 .7 7.9
2011–12 Sacramento 54 9 19.2 .429 .000 .667 4.3 1.4 .7 .3 3.2
2012–13 Sacramento 74 1 16.3 .442 .000 .625 4.0 1.5 .4 .2 2.7
2013–14 Sacramento 16 1 11.2 .438 .000 .714 2.9 .4 .7 .1 2.1
2013–14 Toronto 45 0 12.8 .429 .000 .833 3.6 .6 .5 .2 2.2
Career 613 244 18.8 .498 .000 .620 5.2 1.2 .8 .4 3.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Houston 7 7 28.1 .706 .000 .400 6.4 .4 1.3 .4 3.7
2008 Houston 6 0 18.0 .636 .000 .000 4.7 .8 .5 1.0 2.3
2009 Houston 13 4 13.3 .476 .000 .000 3.0 .8 1.0 .2 1.5
2014 Toronto 5 0 7.6 .250 .000 1.000 1.6 .4 .6 .0 1.2
Career 31 11 16.6 .544 .000 .571 3.9 .6 .9 .4 2.1

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls - Box Score - January 20, 2006 - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2006-01-20. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ "Rockets sign forward Hayes for rest of season - NBA - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-01-28. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Rockets trade forward to Bobcats for guard Bogans - NBA - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-02-09. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Rockets pick up option on F Hayes - NBA - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2006-06-13. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
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  13. ^ "Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets - Recap - March 23, 2011 - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  14. ^ "Kings void Hayes' contract after center fails initial physical exam". The Sacramento Bee. December 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Reps: Chuck Hayes has no heart issue". ESPN.com. December 22, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ Jones, Jason. "Kings Blog and Q&A: Kings announce agreement in principle with Chuck Hayes". Blogs.sacbee.com. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  17. ^ "Raptors Acquire Vasquez, Salmons, Hayes & Patterson From Kings". NBA.com. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chuck Hayes' Freethrows". YouTube. 2007-04-24. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  19. ^ "Nothing found for Article_18010 Shtml". Hoopsworld.com. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  20. ^ "Notes: Hayes becomes a proud father before game | THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE HOUSTON ROCKETS". Nba.com. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  21. ^ "Houston Rocket Chuck Hayes on Sports Sunday". YouTube. 2007-01-21. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 

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