|Intro||American professional basketball player|
|A.K.A.||Charles Edward Hayes, Jr.|
|Is||Athlete Basketball player|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||11 June 1983, San Leandro, Alameda County, California, USA|
Charles Edward Hayes Jr. (born June 11, 1983) is a retired American professional basketball player and former player development coach for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Kentucky.
High school career
As a junior attending Modesto Christian High School in Modesto, California, Hayes was named all-league and all-state. That year he grabbed 31 rebounds in the 2000 Northern California championship game - a California High School record for all divisions. As a senior, Hayes was named "Mr. Basketball" in California and a Parade All-American while leading his team to the state championship game. Hayes was also named an all-state football player as a sophomore.
Hayes arrived at the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2001 after choosing UK over Kansas in a close recruiting battle. Hayes was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2002. During the next three years, he contributed to a resurgence in Kentucky basketball along with Keith Bogans, Gerald Fitch, Erik Daniels and Kelenna Azubuike. Over Hayes' sophomore, junior and senior seasons, Kentucky accumulated a record of 87–15 (.853), and earned final AP rankings of 1st, 2nd and 7th respectively. During Hayes' senior season, the Kentucky athletics department promoted him as an All-American candidate, using the slogan "All He Does Is Win". Although Hayes was named the 2004 SEC defensive player of the year, he did not earn All-American honors.
Hayes finished his career at Kentucky ranking 7th all time in rebounds, 8th in steals, 9th in blocked shots and 35th in points. He also tied Alex Groza for the Kentucky record for most consecutive starts with 110.
Hayes was a member of the 2003 USA men's Pan American Games team. He started all five games and led the team with 7.6 rebounds per game. The team finished in fourth place with a 2–3 record playing against internationally experienced teams from North and South America.
NBA Development League
Despite earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth pre-draft camp, Hayes was not selected in the 2005 NBA draft but was signed by the Houston Rockets prior to the 2005–06 season. Hayes played in several preseason games before being cut. Hayes was then selected sixth in the 2005 NBA Development League Draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Hayes led the NBA D-League in rebounding with 12.2 a game in his tenure with the Thunderbirds.
Houston Rockets (2006–2011)
Due to a rash of injuries on the Houston roster, Hayes was signed to a 10-day contract on January 18, 2006. In his second game in a Rockets uniform, Hayes posted a double-double, collecting 12 points and 13 rebounds in a 109–108 double-overtime win over the Chicago Bulls on January 20. On January 28, the Rockets announced they were signing Hayes for the rest of the season. Hayes earned a total of $231,390 for the season between the 10-day contract and the contract for the remainder of the year. He was later joined by former Kentucky teammate Keith Bogans, who was traded by the Charlotte Bobcats for Lonny Baxter on February 9. The departure of Baxter created room in the depth chart for Hayes. Hayes was also temporarily joined by another Kentucky teammate, Gerald Fitch, who was traded to the Rockets on February 23 but was assigned to the D-League on March 7, 2006.
Hayes was quietly productive for the Rockets in his first season. He appeared in all 40 games after joining the team and averaged 13.4 minutes per game. Hayes was one of the most efficient defensive players in the league, ranking 3rd among rookies in rebounds per 48 minutes (16.1) and 14th in steals per 48 minutes (2.33). He also had an FG% of 52.6%, good for 11th highest in the league among players with at least 100 field goals attempted. On June 13, 2006, the Rockets decided to pick up the option year on his contract (which was worth $664,209), extending his stay with the Rockets through the 2006–07 season. His first official NBA start occurred November 4, 2006, against the Dallas Mavericks. Fouling out after 17 minutes, he scored 2 points, and had 3 rebounds and 2 steals.
As a starter in most of the Rockets' games for the 2006–07 season, Hayes was a significant contributor. The scope of his role on the team was limited to rebounding, defense, and acting as a decoy or setting screens on offense. The ball was very rarely in his hands on offense. Nevertheless, he received praise from his coaches and appeared on the leaderboard for several statistics in the NBA. He finished his second season in the NBA 12th in rebounds per minute and 34th in rebounds per game.
Several factors hindered Hayes' performance during the season. He hyperextended his left knee and was sidelined for two weeks. His stamina and durability over an 82-game season was an issue as well; Hayes' style of play was more physically demanding than most. Finally, Hayes has become somewhat notorious for getting in foul trouble. He ended his second season with the third-most fouls per game and 7th-most fouls per minute in the NBA.
Although not one of the league's premier players, in 2006 Hayes signed a shoe endorsement deal with Chinese athletic apparel company Li Ning. The deal was valued at $5 million. On July 31, 2007, Hayes signed an incentive-laden contract with the Houston Rockets valued at $8 million over four years. In 2009, Hayes was named co-captain along with Shane Battier for the 2009–10 Houston Rockets.
From 2003 to 2009, Hayes had the second highest defensive adjusted plus-minus of all NBA players. Through December 25, 2009, Hayes had the fifth highest overall adjusted plus-minus for the 2009–10 NBA season.
During the 2009–10 season, Hayes had to log his minutes as the starting center, replacing the injured Yao Ming, who missed the entire season, after suffering a hairline fracture in his left foot.
On March 23, 2011, Hayes had his first career triple-double, dropping 13 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 131–112 home victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Sacramento Kings (2011–2013)
On December 9, 2011, Hayes signed a four-year, $21.3 million contract with the Sacramento Kings. However, the Kings voided the contract on December 19 after his physical exam showed a heart abnormality in an echo test, and the team conducted additional testing. Hayes then went to the Cleveland Clinic for extensive tests on his heart, and issued a statement on December 22 that cardiologists at the hospital had cleared him to play.
On December 22, 2011, Hayes and the Sacramento Kings agreed to a four-year, $22.4 million deal.
Toronto Raptors (2013–2015)
On August 31, 2015, Hayes signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. However, he was later waived by the Clippers on October 24 after appearing in four preseason games.
Return to Houston (2015)
On November 1, 2015, Hayes signed with the Houston Rockets, returning to the franchise for a second stint. A week later, he was waived by the Rockets after appearing in two games.
Hayes is listed as a forward in the NBA, but played center during the Rockets' playoff run in 2009 after injuries to starter Yao Ming and his backup Dikembe Mutombo. Although his skills and style are most suited for interior play, he always had to overcome a significant height disadvantage because he stands at only 6' 6".
Hayes delays the release on his jumpshots and free-throw attempts, which is referred to as having a "hitch". An example was seen in a game against the Utah Jazz in the 2007 NBA Playoffs, where his unorthodox release drew lane violations from three players on a free-throw attempt.
Hayes has attributed his "nose for the ball" in part to his father's influence.
Front office and coaching
On September 9, 2016, it was announced that Hayes would no longer play in the NBA, and instead would take on both a staff assistant role and a player development coaching role for the Denver Nuggets.
On April 21, 2007, Hayes became a father to a baby boy, Dorian Titus Hayes. This day later marked Hayes' first career playoff start and first playoff victory as well.
Hayes married Rochelle Jackson on August 8, 2014. His wife Rochelle Hayes gave birth to their twin boys Kaine William Hayes and Kao Asiel Hayes on May 21, 2015.
Hayes has professed an interest for singing, acting and playing poker.
NBA career statistics