Beware the Traveler: Jerryd Bayless

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Where he’s been: Traded four times in six seasons, Jerryd Bayless has seen himself on teams that mirror where the Bucks are (2013-14  Boston Celtics) and on teams that the Bucks want to be(2012-13 Memphis Grizzlies). And he’s been on the teams in between (2008-10 Portland Trailblazers). He carried himself well in every situation.

“I think my experience in the league is a little bit different than most,” Bayless said. “I’m 25 and I’ve been in a lot of different situations…. I’m just going to try to teach these guys the right way to do things and help out any way I can.”

He is a professional. This is important because disgruntled Gary Neal and well-paid, fat, OJ Mayo definitely were not. Their attitudes last season, while hard to quantify the effect, left a big stench on the team last year.

What he does: On the court, Bayless has touted his versatility and reputation as a reserve combo guard.

“Whether it’s the 1 or the 2, I can do both and I feel I can do both well,” Bayless said. “Just depending on whatever coach Kidd envisions for this program, that’s what I’m going to try to do.”

This is questionable at best. During his short time in Boston, he had an 8.8 PER at PG and the offense came to a grinding halt when he was the point guard, averaging only 89.1 points per 100 possessions. In Memphis, they were slightly better with 95.7 points per 100 possessions.

Bayless is a shooting guard through and through. He worked best in both Boston and Memphis when they deployed him at shooting guard. For Milwaukee, he’ll also work best as a streaky scoring punch off the bench.

The problem is that he has a career three-point percentage that’s just below average. He’s never been over 37 percent three-point shooting in a year he’s played over 70 games. Plus, while he once would aggressively drive to the hoop in college, he hasn’t been as likely to drive in the pros. He does his best and most frequent shooting at the elbows where he shot 48 percent last season.  For a team that finished dead last in 3P%, he isn’t the best reserve guard to bring onto a team that either needs more guys spacing the floor or drawing defenders inside.

What will he do this season: Like all microwaves, Bayless is going to have his moments. I can guarantee that he’s going to have a game this year that’s going to drive the crowd nuts. Just don’t get too attached. There’s a reason he’s been traded four times in six years.

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  1. Glad I read. But I didn’t come away knowing just why Kidd & Kompany wanted him. Guess it’s because they’d like a vet combo guard who is more of an athlete than Wolters. Hope it’s because because Kidd sees something to be developed.

    • Maybe so he can guard point guards while Giannis handles the offense? That was the only thing I could think of, but I don’t see how that works offensively.