Jerryd Bayless

Jerryd Bayless

Jerryd Bayless: A Brief Biography

Jerryd Andrew Bayless is an American professional basketball player and is a member for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bayless played his college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats. In his freshman year, Bayless led the team in scoring and assists with 19.7 points and 4 assists respectively, while shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in 30 games.

He became the first freshman in the history of Arizona to lead the team in scoring while winning the team MVP honors since 1985-86. He helped the Wildcats finish the regular season with a 19–14 record and a first-round win in the NCAA Tournament. He was named First Team All-District honors, All-Pac-10 second team and All-Freshman honors Honorable Mention All-America at the conclusion of the season.

Bayless decided to skip his final three years of college and declared for the NBA Draft. He was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers and was instantly later traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. Playing in the summer league in 2008, Bayless was named Most Valuable Player after leading the league in scoring with 29.8 points per game. He set a franchise record for scoring most points by a Blazer making his first career start with 31 points.

In 2010, Bayless was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick. In 2011, Bayless was traded to the Toronto Raptors. He scored a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, tying his career-high by shooting 11-12 from the charity stripe, making him the first player since Magic Johnson to record a points and assists double-double without a made field goal.

Bayless signed a two year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012. In 2014, he was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team deal involving the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2014, Bayless signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 2016, Bayless signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing a surgery.