On occasion, fans on the road still tease Gordon Hayward about looking like Justin Bieber.

He still gets razzed about his video-game hobby. Still has a girlfriend in college. Still could pass for a teenager, even when he lets the scruff on his boyish face do its thing.

But you needn't look at the date on Hayward's driver license — yes, he's old enough to have one — to realize he's quickly growing up.

In non-birthday ways, the recently turned 22-year-old is maturing before the eyes of fans, players and coaches around the NBA.

"I just think Hayward is one of the bright young stars in the league," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said after his team escaped Utah with a 107-105 win Wednesday. "He's the whole package. He can put it down. He can shoot it from the perimeter. He is a slasher and cutter, and on top of all of that, he is a really good defender."

Just as Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor thought he would be after drafting Hayward — an unpopular No. 9 pick by some booing fans — following his sophomore season at Butler.