Jerryd Bayless and Brandon Roy Should Be the Blazers Starting Backcourt

December 21st, 2009 by Dave Morrison Leave a reply »
I have been saying that Jerryd Bayless should start in the NBA since his first game at Arizona.

The kid has all the right traits to be a top tier talent, except one thing—playing time.

Last week, on national television, Bayless came off the bench and helped the Trail Blazers to a come from behind win over the Phoenix Suns, with a career high of 29 points.

The following game versus Orlando, Bayless had a less stellar performance going three for 13 from the floor with two turnovers in 30 minutes in a loss.

This type of inconsistent play can be expected from a young player still trying to find his role on a team. Bayless actually had an earlier “break-out” game his rookie season against the Nets with 23 points which also included this dunk in traffic.

So last week’s performance shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

As you can tell from the clip, and Jerryd’s play on TNT versus the Suns, not only can this kid play—he can play with intensity. Bayless has a deep desire to win and is very vocal about it.

However, he still has a lot to learn.

Brandon Roy on the other hand is an established a ...

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