Moment of the Year: His five three-pointer and 29 points against the Atlanta Hawks, easily his best performance in an NBA game in two years.
Instant offense is what comes to mind when thinking about a player like Jerry Bayless. The Boston Celtics feel like he can offer them a solid, veteran presence for the second-unit and he should be back next season in a similar role…unless a team will take his contract in a trade.
Bayless had, in my opinion, his best season in the NBA last year. He did his usual thing, scoring in bursts and stretching out defenses with his shooting. He was a bit inconsistent in that department, but was around his career averages. He had better seasons in Toronto, but what separates this year for Bayless was his defense and leadership.
Normally he has been a turnstile on the defensive end, but Bayless hounded opposing guards when he had the chance. He gambled more than we have seen in the past, which resulted in 1.0 steals per game, the best of his career. He is also on a squad full of young guards, and his effort on both ends of this floor will go a long way in teaching guys like Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson what it takes to sustain a career in this league.
I hope to see Bayless on a contending team next year, meaning we got rid of his $3.6 million and he gets to try and win a title. He is going to be in the middle of his NBA journey and is going to start popping up on the benches of some of the better teams in the league.