Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward has had a bit of prominence in gaming circles for a while. Apart from the fact that his fantasy value is picking up rather nicely towards the second half of the year -- I'm a bit peeved I didn't draft him this year, really -- the versatile 25-year-old is also well known for his passion for League of Legends.

He's not the only basketballer to have an affinity for video games, but he's certainly one of the most passionate publicly. The small forward has just begun a new gaming column for The Players Tribune, and he debuted by saying gaming doesn't need defending from mainstream critics.