Hayes has battled through the knee injuries and is starting to really produce for the New Jersey Nets.
Hayes is averaging a career-high 9 points and 4 rebounds. He is shooting 45 percent from the floor, and almost 40 percent from behind the arc, and has earned more playing time this year.
Doubt he'll ever be a particularly high-riser, but he doesn't need to be. Play some reasonable defense and feed off of the penetrate and dish game that Devon Harris, New Jersey's star point guard, creates. If Hayes develops his spot-up shooting game, and keeps defenders honest by driving it every once in a while, he may have a long NBA career.