Memphis Grizzlies Need Reliable Performance from Jerryd Bayless

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The Memphis Grizzlies have their fair share of troubles on the offensive end of the floor. Zach Randolph has been inconsistent, they don’t have a true primary scorer, and they don’t shoot the ball particularly well from long range. They are a lock for the NBA Playoffs because of how sound they are on the defensive side of the ball, easily their greatest strength.

However, as the Grizzlies enter the postseason, where the style of play obviously changes, the Grizzlies are going to need more than just their defense. They are going to need consistent offensive play out of the guys that are consistently part of their rotation. Jerryd Bayless is a player that they really need to be able to rely on.

Bayless has been the Grizzlies’ best scoring option off of the bench this season, playing 22 minutes per game and averaging 8.7 points and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three. He’s not been incredibly efficient, but he’s been effective for the most part in his role of scoring off of the bench.

Bayless’ last eight games have been another story, though, one marred by his wild inefficiency. His minutes have increased to 27.9 per game and his production has increased to 11.4 points and 4.3 assists per game as well. However, his efficiency has been terrible as he’s shot just 38.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from long range over the last eight games.

If Memphis wants to make a run in the playoffs, they need Bayless to play efficient offensively and not to take dumb shots that hurt their team. They don’t score a ton of points as a team already, so if they are scoring less because of Bayless in a playoff format, it’s really going to come back to haunt them.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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