The fact is, the Wildcats' best chance of winning is if Jerryd Bayless keeps shooting the basketball. I am not advocating that the young man take bad shots or take more bad shots, but the Wildcats do not need a pass first point guard to win this year.
Let's face the facts, with the current crop of injuries, the Wildcats do not have enough scorers to make a pass first point guard effective. They need Jerryd Bayless to go out and attempt to score 30 every night. If he can get 39, even better.
I know what you are thinking:
But he scored 39 and they lost!
However, if Chase Budinger can hits two more shots, the Cats win that ball game it does not come down to Jerryd Bayless forcing a shot and trying to draw a foul on the final possession.
The Wildcats just do not have the scorers off the bench that they have had in the past. There is no Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala coming off the bench. There is no Luke Walton coming off the bench. There is no Judd Buechler coming off the bench.
The fact of the matter is that this team needs Jerryd Bayless, Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill to score, score and score some more. The best way that is going to happen is to have Bayless to keep on shooting. Unlike Budinger, who tends to get down on himself when he has an early miss, Bayless has a short memory. He doesn't worry about the last shot, just the next shot.
He needs to shoot and if he misses, he needs to shoot again. And if he misses that one, he needs to shoot again. Because eventually he is going to make it. Eventually he is going to draw fouls and get to the line.
Jerryd Bayless is a special player. One that they have not had in a couple of years. He is the best scorer, at least the best at creating his own shot and knocking down the jumper since Salim Stoudamire wore a head band and sulked in an Arizona uniform.
So to Jerryd Bayless…keep on shooting.