Jaxson Hayes is a professional basketball player. He plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an affiliate of the League’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The 19-year-old player has proved himself as a promising young talent and has earned himself a good amount of popularity and recognition as a successful player. He is expected to be one of the future stars based upon his outstanding performances till now.
Net worth, Salary, Income
As of 2020, Jaxson Hayes’s net worth amounts to $10m. He is making an annual average salary of worth $5mthrough signing a 2-year rookie contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. In the rest of the article, we will be sharing the other intriguing details about Jaxson Hayes such as his personal life, family, professional career and pros & cons. So, continue reading!
Personal Life, Family
Hayes was born on May 23, 2000, in Norman Oklahoma, United States. His birth name is Jaxson Reed Hayes. His mother Kristi Kinne Hayes who has been his mentor and support system also used to be a basketball player. She recorded 3,406 career points in her Jefferson- Scranton High School from 1987-91 and continued to play basketball at Drake University from 1991-95. She also earned honorable mention, Kodak and Missouri Valley Conference, player of the year award. His father, Jonathan Hayes played in the NFL and is now serving as a head coach of XFL’s St. Louis Battle Hawks. He has three younger siblings, a sister named Jillian, and two brothers Jewett and Jonah. The family moved to Cincinnati when Jaxson was three. He has been rumoured to be dating Camryn Olson, a softball player at Hillsdale college but they never confirmed the rumor to be true. Jaxson is also active on social media with 210k Instagram and 13.3k Twitter followers.
Jaxson went to Moeller High School, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Starting from six feet as a freshman he grew into 6’11 by the senior year which raised his performance even further. He was heavily into basketball and averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks per typical game in his senior year. The credit goes to his mother who encouraged him to go ahead and pursue basketball. During his time at high school, he was committed to playing basketball for the University of Texas. Afterward, he enrolled in the University of Texas and joined the university basketball team. As a freshman, he averaged 10.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 72.8% from the field. He secured the maximum score of his career, 19 points on top of 7 boards, 2 steals and a block in a 69-56 loss to TCU Horned Frogs men’s basketball. He got an injury in the left knee during the Big 12 Tournament in a loss to Kansas. He was given the title of Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Hayes then, proclaimed for the NBA draft on April 11, 2019, relinquishing his remaining three years of eligibility.
Professional Career, Hawks, NBA
On 20th of June, 2019, Jaxson got hand-picked by Atlanta Hawks as the 8th overall pick for NBA’s 2019 draft. Although the draft rights of Hayes were then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans accompanied by the draft right to the No.17 pick Nickiel Alexander-Walker, No.35 pick Marcos Louzada Silva plus extremely guarded 2010 first-round pick for draft constitutional rights to No.4 of the year total pick De’Andre Hunter and maestro wing Solomon Hill the trade was finalized in 7th July 2019.
New Orleans Pelicans
On October 10, 2019, Jaxson debut in NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in an 11-points cost opposed to the Golden State Warriors. On 17th November he replaced injured Derrick Favors and got the opportunity to start the career in the first NBA double-double. He scored 10 points plus 10 rebounds along with 3 blocks in 108-100 victory over Golden State Warriors followed by 3 blocks in 115-104 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on 19th November which makes him the first-ever Pelican’s newbie after Jeff Withey (2014) to log minimum 2 blocks in 3 games in a row. A month later on December 5th, 2019 he recorded 17 points and 5 blocks in 139-132 loss to the Phoenix Suns which makes him the youngest player to score such a number of figures in the history of NBA in a single game behind only LeBron James and Andrew Bynum. On January 9th, 2020, he recorded his second-best score of the career in the NBA double-double, scoring 14 points with 12 rebounds along with 4 blocks in 24 minutes. Jaxon and Anthony Davis are the only under 20 players to score such statistics.
He also recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds against New York Knicks calling it a win which adds up to the consecutive double-doubles in his NBA career. The subsequent night Jaxson recorded 20 points in a 35-point loss to the Boston Celtics, makes it his career’s highest.
Jaxson Hayes Strengths
Perhaps the most eye-popping characteristics of Hayes game are speed, agility, footwork, fluid athleticism, incredible jumping ability, and excellent drive to attack which distinguished him from others. He is gifted with incredibly long arms and gigantic hands. He is 6’11 and sporting a 7’4” wingspan with 220 lbs. of weight. His is vigilant in the field and due to his long legs, he is capable of covering long distance quickly. Along with these physical statistics and traits, it is safe to say that he has the potential to go to the next level and be a legitimate NBA rim protector in the future. Despite being outstanding in the field he is not a good passer and tailed only 9 assists in overall seasons of Longhorns because the game is still a bit fast for him to catch up. Nevertheless, he still has time to develop his muscle mass and to work on his tendency to foul out.