Everything about Gordon Hayward is great.
Everything, that is, except that he really isn't what the Utah Jazz needed or what their fans wanted.
It pains me to write these words because, quite frankly, I really, really like this kid. He's nice, respectful, bright, talented, articulate, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty ... all those things they say in the Boy Scout law.
He's a 6-foot-8 small forward from Butler University. He came through EnergySolutions earlier this year as he led the Bulldogs past No. 1 seed Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas State on the way to the Final Four.
He became a media darling during that run to the tournament finals and he captured our imagination when he launched the last-second shot that came within an inch or so of upsetting the mighty Duke Blue Devils.
He is a legitimate basketball player and he doesn't need to apologize to anyone for being picked No. 9 overall in last week's NBA draft.
But here's the sad thing: While he's everything a Jazz fan might want in a son (or a son-in-law), he apparently isn't what most wanted in a player.
He isn't 7-feet tall, nor does he possess freakishly long arms capable of swatting opponents' half-hearted shots into the 13th row. He won't fill up the painted area around the basket and he won't help the Jazz beat the Lakers next season.
Judging by what I've heard on the sports talk call-in shows and what I've read in e-mails and on Internet message boards, he's too slow, too skinny and too white.
When the Jazz announced his name last Thursday, a majority of the 4,000 or so fans at the team's EnergySolutions Arena draft party began hissing and booing and clamoring for Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor to resign immediately.
Honestly, it was as if the Jazz had taken Uwe Blab while Wilt Chamberlain was still on the board.
While acknowledging that not every Jazz fan in attendance that night booed the pick, and that not every fan is unhappy to see a guy like Hayward wearing a Jazz uniform, I certainly understand the concern. After all, the Jazz clearly needed a big power forward or center who could step in a play right away. What they got instead was another wing player on a team now overrun with them.
The Jazz went into this year's draft with that No. 9 pick -- their highest spot since 2005 when they moved up to No. 3 and grabbed Deron Williams. They made a list, checked it twice and were all ready to get themselves one of four big guys they really liked.
Unfortunately, other teams had similar needs and they were picking ahead of the Jazz.
To his credit, O'Connor did his best to move up in the draft order. But he found the others either weren't interested or their asking price was just too steep.
So, when the No. 9 pick came along, the Jazz braintrust decided to audible. They could have taken a power forward or center they weren't completely sold on, or they could take a chance on a wing player like Hayward, who looked to be an excellent fit in their system.
Well, we all know what happened next.
Look, he may not be what Jazz fans wanted on draft night, but given the team's tenuous roster situation and the challenges to be faced in the upcoming free agent season, Gordon Hayward might just turn out to be exactly what the Jazz need.
After all, who can't use a nice, young player ... with an emphasis on the word nice.
Jim Burton is the Standard-Examiner's sports columnist. He also covers the Utah Jazz and the NBA. He can reached at (801) 625-4265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He Tweets at http://twitter.com/jmb247