If you watched much of the Grizzlies since they assembled the ferocious front court of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, mixed with the unstoppable dynamics of Rudy Gay on every other space of the floor, then you know our starting lineup is as solid as any in the NBA. The bench has been tweaked greatly throughout the last couple seasons though. Jerryd Bayless hopefully provides some high-octane punch for our bench that O.J. Mayo usually provided, but also is a more traditional ball handler that can run the offense truly when Mike Conley comes out. Marreese Speights, Darrell Arthur, Hamed Haddadi, and Quincy Pondexter all have no problem scoring as long as there is a flow to the offense. But when teams clog the inside and double ZBO + Gasol nightly, there has to be a threat from outside and there has to be another floor general that can be relied upon in close games to keep the pace and seal the deal.
Jerryd Bayless could definitely provide these services this year. Hopefully he embraces the 6th man role and looks at this as his opportunity to take his career a step higher with some deep title-contending playoff runs by the Memphis Grizzlies this season and next.
Grizzlies sign Jerryd Bayless
MEMPHIS, TN July 13, 2012 – The Memphis Grizzlies signed guard Jerryd Bayless to a multi-year contract, Grizzlies General Manger and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced. "We are pleased to add Jerryd Bayless to our team,” Wallace said. “He is a rapidly-improving young player who is coming off his best season in the NBA. Jerryd will address two areas of need: three-point shooting and backup point guard play. He is a very hard-working player whose best days as a professional are ahead of him." Bayless (6-3, 200) established new career highs in scoring (11.4 points), assists (3.8), steals (0.77) and minutes (22.7) in 31 games (11 starts) last season with the Toronto Raptors. The 23-year-old also set personal bests for field goal percentage (.424), three-point field goal percentage (.423) and free throw percentage (.852).