Nicknames: G-Time, G-Money, G, H2O, and a couple others that I won’t include in this heading…
Gordon Hayward isn’t exactly commonly associated with a nickname the way the previous three players are, but he has been referred to by a few, most commonly ones that have been extremely creative in their use of the letter “G” such as G-Time, G-Money or simply “G”.
In some circles on the web he’s been referred to as H2O (like literally H-two-o, as in a water molecule) due to the fact that he wears number 20. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue when shouting it in a celebratory or motivating way, but in some ways I kind of like it as it’s sort of a unique version of CP3 or PG-13 tying in the number on Hayward’s jersey with an actual real abbreviation.
Plus I feel like Boler could use it in plenty of cliche ways, like after a made three – “Oh and H2O splashes it home!” Or perhaps, “I hope (insert opposing player here) is thirsty, because he’s about get a dose of H2O!”
OK so those were pretty bad, but not nearly as bad as one of the nicknames I left off the list. Remember when Bolerjack tried to turn “The Dunkster” into a Hayward nickname? Now that was painful.
Another nickname that Hayward is commonly referred to by many media members on both the ESPN and TNT crews that I just can’t figure out is “Haywood”. I’m not really seeing what’s so flashy or glamorous about that one. Or maybe they’re just struggling to read and pronounce the back of his jersey…hmmm….
Funny how they’ve all seemed to figure out how to say Antetokounmpo, but Hayward? Now that’s a toughie.
All jokes aside, as Hayward continues his further ascension into stardom, it’s pretty clear that he needs a more solidified nickname. Hopefully one will develop next year after he re-signs with the Jazz for years to come.