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.
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.
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.
Hayes has averaged just over 12 minutes per game through the first four tilts in which Zion Williamson has suited up. Williamson has already been spending some time at the center position, but even on nights when that's not the case Derrick Favors and Nicolo Melli provide plenty of competition for playing time.
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Monday's contest against Memphis, Chris Herrington of The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
With Derrick Favors (back) ruled out Monday, Hayes will nonetheless join the starting five and likely seize an increased role. In 11 total starts this season, the rookie is averaging 25.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per outing.
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.
After shooting 74.2 percent from the field and averaging 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks over the prior three contests, Hayes was surprisingly bypassed for the starting nod at center, even with Derrick Favors (hamstring) missing a second straight game. Coach Alvin Gentry seemingly made a matchup-based decision to turn to Jahlil Okafor for the start against a more traditional back-to-the-basket center in Andre Drummond, and the choice paid dividends, as Okafor finished with 25 points (11-21 FG, 3-3 FT), 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 34 minutes. The heftier Okafor could be prioritized again over the lithe Hayes when the Pelicans match up against the Jazz and 7-foot-1, 258-pound center Rudy Gobert on Thursday, but both New Orleans big men would be in line for smaller roles if Favors is cleared to play.
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.
Hayes drew the start in place of Derrick Favors (hamstring) and finished with a career high in scoring. He has connected on 29-of-39 from the field (74.4 percent) through the first six games here in January, and if Favors remains sidelined for Monday's matchup versus the Pistons, Hayes can be expected to start once again.
Hayes is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game at Boston, Celtics' broadcaster Sean Grande reports.
Derrick Favors (hamstring) is out Saturday, pushing Hayes into the starting role for the first time since Dec. 7. Hayes averaged 10.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26.0 minutes over his 10 previous starts this season.
Hayes scored 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-9 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes off the bench during Friday's 123-111 win over the Knicks.
The rookie center delivered his second straight double-double and third of the year in one of his best all-around performances so far. Hayes' minutes and production have been spotty aside from his defensive efforts -- he's averaging 1.6 blocks in only 16.7 minutes over the last 10 games -- and he could soon have additional competition for court time once Zion Williamson (knee) is ready to make his debut, but Hayes' own skills and upside should keep him in a fairly consistent role on the second unit.
Hayes logged 14 points (7-10 FG), 12 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes off the bench Wednesday in the Pelicans' 123-108 win over the Bulls.
Hayes excelled early on in the contest against a defensively challenged Bulls frontcourt that was missing Wendell Carter (ankle), prompting coach Alvin Gentry to reward the rookie with an even share of the center minutes with starter Derrick Favors. Considering Hayes had only averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14.0 minutes over his prior five outings, it's probably not worth reading too much into Wednesday's blowup performance. Given how well the Pelicans have fared since Favors returned from an extended personal leave in mid-December, Gentry likely won't marginalize him in favor of Hayes most nights.
Hayes totaled just four points, four rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 17 minutes during Monday's 112-104 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Hayes played just 17 minutes Monday, continuing to see his role reduce as Derrick Favors works back into the rotation. During his time on the floor, Hayes impact was unquestionable. He has three blocks in the third quarter alone, helping the Pelicans gain momentum. As long as Favors is healthy, Hayes is going to be more of a deep league option moving forward.
Hayes managed five points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 20 minutes during Friday's 106-102 loss to Golden State.
Hayes saw his playing time reduced to 20 minutes with Derrick Favors continuing to work his way back from his layoff. Hayes has been a serviceable fill-in for Favors but appears likely to shift back to a pure backup role. Hayes certainly has the tools to be a solid enough fantasy player but that time is unlikely to come this season, barring another injury to Favors.
Hayes posted 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one block in 28 minutes off the bench Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-119 loss to the Magic.
Hayes was the Pelicans' most productive center in the loss, but that probably won't occur as often once Derrick Favors' minute-restriction is lifted. Favors worked up to 20 minutes Sunday after logging 15 minutes Friday in his first appearance following a 13-game absence due to back spasms and a personal matter, so he and Hayes could have something close to a 50-50 playing-time split in the Pelicans' next game Tuesday versus Brooklyn. Hayes at least appears to have solidified himself as the No. 2 option on the depth chart ahead of Jahlil Okafor, who was out of the rotation Sunday.
Hayes will come off the bench Friday against the 76ers.
With Derrick Favors (personal) returning following nearly a month-long absence, Hayes will head back to the bench. It's unclear what Hayes' workload will be moving forward. That said, he certainly has a case to earn solid playing time still, as he's averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and a combined 2.4 blocks/steals in 25.4 minutes across the past 13 games.
Hayes chipped in 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist during the Pelicans' 127-112 Wednesday night loss to the Bucks.
Hayes logged 24 minutes off the bench despite being the expected starting center. Regardless, the bouncy rookie played his standard role. Hayes is averaging 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over his past ten games. It will be worth monitoring his numbers when Derrick Favors (personal) returns to the team.
Hayes had 13 points (4-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-8 FT), four boards, one assist, and one block in 21 minutes of a 105-103 loss against Detroit on Monday
Hayes scored in double figures for the third consecutive game as he's beginning to find his scoring stride. The rookie has at least nine points in his last six contests. He'll look to keep it going against the Bucks on Wednesday.
Hayes will move to the bench for Monday's game against Detroit, Andrew Lopez of ESPN reports.
In order to combat Andre Drummond, coach Alvin Gentry will go with Jahlil Okafor at center, so Hayes will move to the bench for just the second time since Nov. 16. Since taking over as the primary starter, Hayes is averaging 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 25.9 minutes.
Hayes posted 11 points (3-7 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and one steal in a blowout loss to the Mavericks on Saturday.
Hayes swatted a career-high five shots in a loss to the Suns on Thursday after failing to tally a single block just one game prior. The rookie's blocks are unfortunately on a bit of a rollercoaster as he produced a fat zero in that category again in this one. Jahlil Okafor (DNP-CD) returned in this one after a one-game absence, forcing Hayes to see fewer minutes than the 33 he saw in the previous game. Derrick Favors (personal) is set to make his return soon, which will lower Hayes' minutes even further. If there's a bright spot for the 19-year old, it's that the Pelicans can't seem to buy a win these days. It's possible that Hayes sees a larger role down the stretch of the season.
Hayes supplied 17 points (6-8 FG, 5-7 FT), five rebounds, five blocks and one assist in 33 minutes during Thursday's 139-132 overtime loss to the Suns.
Hayes finished with career highs in rejections and minutes while turning in an efficient offensive performance. It's unclear whether Derrick Favors (personal) will be ready to return for Saturday's matchup versus the Mavericks, but if not Hayes can be expected to draw yet another start at center.
Hayes had nine points (4-5 FG, 1-2 FT) and eight rebounds in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 118-97 loss to the Mavericks.
Hayes drew the start and finished one point and two boards shy of a double-double. Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor was a healthy scratch after starting Sunday's matchup versus the Thunder. Coach Alvin Gentry stated that Okafor drew the start in that one based on the matchup, as Steven Adams is significantly stronger than Hayes. Nevertheless, the rookie has been vastly superior to Okafor on the defensive end, so Hayes can likely be expected to continue logging the most minutes at center until Derrick Favors (personal) returns.
Hayes isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Thunder, Will Guillory of The Athletic reports.
Hayes started the last seven games in place of Derrick Favors (personal), but Jahlil Okafor will enter the starting five Sunday. Hayes still figures to play a sizable role off the bench since Favors remains sidelined.
Hayes posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes Saturday in the Pelicans' 128-120 loss to the Jazz.
The scoring haul was Hayes' best effort since he put up 19 points in his NBA debut back on Oct. 28 versus the Warriors. Perhaps more encouraging that the offensive output was the fact that Hayes reached the 30-minute mark after playing just 21 in both of the Pelicans' previous two contests. Hayes should be in store for another start Sunday against the Clippers but could see a role reduction thereafter if Derrick Favors is able to shake off a back injury.
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