You Be The GM: Jerryd Bayless
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/04/2010 12:07 PM

    Jerryd Bayless: Stay or Go?
    Stay (15)
    Go (2)
    Piggybacking off of Oregonlive's annual "You Be The GM" series, I figured why not get a gauge on our reader's feelings towards the players.

    Jerryd Bayless
    Position: PG
    2009-10 salary: $2,143,080
    Contract status: Entering third season of rookie contract. Bayless is set to make $2,292,600 in 2010-11, and the Blazers hold a team option for the 2011-12 season.

    2009-10: Posted averages of 8.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 17.6 minutes in 74 games (11 starts) ... Scored double figures 29 times, including eight straight appearances (1/20-2/3) for the first time in his career ... Made more free throws (201) than field goals (200).

    Trail Blazers guard Jerryd Bayless saw increases across the board in his second season with Portland. With a larger role, Bayless made progress in many areas, improving his points per game, field goal percentage, three pointers attempted, three point percentage, free throws attempted, free throw percentage, assists, etc.

    The athletic combo guard scored in double figures in five of the six first round playoff games against the Phoenix Suns, averaging 13.5 points in 28 minutes per game. In Game 1 alone Bayless surpassed his playoff totals from last season, 3.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 5.5 minutes in two games.

    He's a tireless worker with the hunger and drive to improve. Is he the future at the point guard position for the Blazers or just the backup to Brandon Roy?

    You Be The GM: Jerryd Bayless
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/04/2010 12:14 PM

    With Travis gone, Bayless slid into favorite player territory, therefore he's got to stay! One reason why I wasn't upset with losing to the Suns was the fact he and Batum, tow of our youngest players, really stepped up to the challenge and showed their worth. For the next two years at least, I envision a 3 guard rotation of Miller, Roy, and Bayless being extremely  effective. Not to mention, the draft, outside of Wall, is not point guard heavy and there aren't any young point guards I'd rather have then Bayless who would even be on the market this summer. We've put in 2 years development on JB and I like his progress, his attitude, and his ability to relish the big-game atmosphere. Keeper!
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/04/2010 12:50 PM

    100 % keeper.  I'd like to see the team give Roy more rest next season.
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/04/2010 1:16 PM

    That's a great point Kim. We may want to start treating Roy how the Spurs do their big 3, and monitor their minutes through the regular season, so they can have fresher legs down the stretch. Brandon's had to do a lot of heavy lifting during his tenure in PDX and all the help he can get would be welcomed.
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  1. ClydeFrog
    Posts: 975

    Posted 05/04/2010 2:03 PM

    Stay. His post-season play has cemented him as a fixture on this team for a long time. We could use more guys who are fearless and just attack the basket at will.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. Bertram
    Posts: 803

    Posted 05/05/2010 10:21 AM

    Stay. We let him go, it's going to be another one of those Jermaine O'Neal things. He showed his stuff in the post season, and he has shown flashes of point guardesque play...this will develop with more playing time. Look at Westbrook and early in Chauncey Billups career.
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. AnnaInTheHouse
    Posts: 39

    Posted 05/05/2010 12:04 PM

    Stay. 100% Stay. Jerryd's proven himself this year and has really stepped up to the plate when he had to. I completely agree with Clyde that his post season play is what will really keep him here. He proved he was a threat and played consistently.
    I am a fan of Bringin' the Blazers back!!
  1. EthanMoney
    Posts: 301

    Posted 05/05/2010 12:10 PM

    I am a big fan of Jerryd but i just expect more out of him. I vote yes but I would like to see him be even more productive. with veterans like Andre miller there to teach him a thing or two bayless needs to be improving.
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