Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes is an American NBA player. Discover everything about him, including his size, family, jersey, shoes, and salary.
Jaxson Hayes

Biography of Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes is an American basketball player playing in the NBA at the pivot position. He was born on May 23, 2000 in Norman, Oklahoma (USA). His height is 2m13, and he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.


Jaxson Hayes is the son of Jonathan Hayes and Kristi Kinne. His father played in the NFL and was head coach of the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks. His mother played basketball at Drake University. She was also an assistant coach for the women’s basketball teams at Oklahoma, Iowa and Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Jaxson Hayes has three siblings: Jillian, Jewett and Jonah.

Successive teams

Here’s the evolution of Jaxson Hayes, from his beginnings to the present day.

High school

Jaxson Hayes started out at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew impressively from 1.8m as a freshman to 2.11m as a senior. In 2018, he led Team Ohio to victory at the Junior International Tournament in Italy. As a senior, he averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game before committing to the University of Texas.


At Texas, Hayes impressed in his first year, averaging 10 points and 5 rebounds, while shooting 72.8% from the field. Named Big 12 Freshman of the Year, he declared his candidacy for the 2019 NBA draft, giving up three years of remaining eligibility.


Drafted eighth overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2019, his rights were traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. Hayes made his NBA debut with 19 points against the Golden State Warriors. He quickly proved his potential, recording some remarkable performances, including several double-doubles. His 2020-2021 season was marked by high scoring despite reduced early playing time.

After being briefly assigned to the G League, Hayes returned with a vengeance, playing a key role in the Pelicans’ qualification for the 2022 playoffs. Despite an ejection in Game 3 against the Phoenix Suns, he contributed to the Pelicans’ first playoff appearance since 2018. On July 6, 2023, Hayes joined the Los Angeles Lakers.

Playing style

Jaxson Hayes stands out for his exceptional athletic qualities. He excels at finishing above the circle, particularly dunks. His blocking ability makes him a feared defender. Hayes uses his speed and release to dominate on the counter-attack. His wingspan contributes to his effectiveness on defense and rebounding. Although still developing, his offensive game shows potential. He is agile for a player of his position, able to defend against smaller opponents. Hayes is gradually improving his mid-range shooting. His presence on the rebound is important for his team. Jaxson brings important energy and dynamics whenever he’s on the court.

Jaxson Hayes in NBA 2K

Jaxson Hayes debuted with a promising score of 79 in NBA 2K20 as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. In NBA 2K21, his rating dropped slightly to 77, reflecting the adjustments and challenges encountered in his second season. From NBA 2K22 through NBA 2K23, his rating remained stable at 76 with the New Orleans Pelicans, indicating some consistency in his game. Switching to the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA 2K24, his rating was maintained at 76, showing that his skills and contributions are recognized within his new team.

Jaxson Hayes NBA jersey (Los Angeles Lakers)

The official NBA jersey of Jaxson Hayes is in stock on the NBA Store. It is available in three different colors.

Jaxson Hayes salary

In 2024, Jaxson Hayes earns $2,165,000 with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is expected to earn $2,463,946 in 2025.

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