With the Blazers picking 13th in the draft it was impossible to think Bayless would be the guard they ended up with..............but the Blazer GMagician does what he does best and put a deal together that got them the super-explosive combo-guard Jerryd Bayless.
The Blazers can always use another shot maker and this is exactly what Bayless does best - SCORE THE BALL. His scoring ability and explosiveness is an upgrade over Jack and if they lose Jones in free-agency it could really be a plus.
The Blazers received Bayless and Diogu for Jack, Rush and Josh McRoberts.
BLAZER FANS who enjoyed Damon Stoudamire and what he did in Portland will really love Bayless because he is better in every way. Bayless is 6' 3 with an intense competitive nature who will dunk on bigs. Think of a young Steve Francis dunking the ball on bigs but even better.
Summer League MVP turned out to be Portland's own Jerryd Bayless who had his way with everyone who tried to guard him. Jerryd's quick 1st step & his non stop attacking style proved effective - the trips to the free-throw line never stopped.
I can't wait to see him in the lineup next year.
When Roy is double teamed the ball will go to Bayless instead of Jarret Jack. Jerryd will pump fake, blow by the defender and throw down over Kobe Bryant at the Rose Garden and we will hear Wheels screams over the radio waves "BOOM SHAKA LACKA''
Brandon Roy can make plays from the wing while Bayless plays off the ball. This should be a great mix of talent in the backcourt for Nate to experiment with. Expect to see this team really coming together after the All-Star break if not right before.
Kobe, get ready for a taste!!!
GO DUCKS - Maarty Leunen was drafted in round 2 by the Houston Rockets!