In his fourth season in the NBA, Hayward became the face of the franchise, a No. 1 option on offense and a team leader for the Jazz.
The transition took its toll on Hayward's shooting percentages, as he posted career lows from the field (41.3 percent) and from behind the arc (30.4 percent).
In an interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe, Hayward discussed his shooting woes:
I just haven't shot the ball as well as I wanted. It's different. Guys aren't leaving me that much. I'm getting different shots — shots that I'm not used to taking.
A lot of teams are starting to do the center-field type of defense on the pick-and-roll, so you're getting midrange floaters.
And those are shots I honestly don't like taking. I'd much rather get other people involved.
Getting others involved was something at which Hayward proved quite adept over the course of the season.
In 2013-14, only four players averaged at least 16 points, five rebounds and five assists: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Michael Carter-Williams and Hayward.
A lot of Hayward's other numbers aren't on par with Durant's and James', but being in their company in any way is no small thing.
He may never be the scorer Durant is, or the distributor James is, but Hayward can be Utah's understated version of both.
His greater strength right now is the playmaking, and if he focuses on doing that more next season, his efficiency should climb back up.
It would also help to have more reliable scorers around him who would relieve some of the defensive pressure he faced this season.