Ovinton J’Anthony “O. J.” Mayo (born November 5, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected in the first round with the third overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, and he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in his first season.
Mayo was considered by several media outlets to be the best high school basketball player in the United States. He attended college at University of Southern California (USC) and played one season of college basketball for the USC Trojans while earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors. The team forfeited all of its wins that season and Mayo lost his remaining three years of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility after it was ruled he received improper benefits. Mayo entered the 2008 draft and was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who traded him and three other players to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Kevin Love and three players. He played four seasons with Memphis. In 2011, he tested positive for a banned steroid and was suspended by the NBA for 10 games. Mayo signed as a free agent with Dallas in 2012 and with Milwaukee in 2013.
On July 13, 2013, Mayo signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. On October 30, 2013, in his Bucks debut, Mayo recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds in a loss to the New York Knicks. Mayo later missed time during the 2013–14 season due to issues with his conditioning as he appeared in a career-low 52 games.
Mayo bounced back for the Bucks in 2014–15, recording seven 20-plus point games on the season. In Game 4 of the Bucks’ first round playoff match-up against the Chicago Bulls, Mayo scored 18 points and hit a clutch three-pointer with 1:42 left in the game to give the Bucks a six-point lead.
On November 19, 2015, Mayo made his season debut for the Bucks after missing the first 11 games of the season due to a strained right hamstring he suffered in the final preseason game. On December 5, he had a season-best game after coach Jason Kidd started him at point guard, largely due to the Bucks being down on point guards due to injury. In 35 minutes of action, he recorded 17 points and 5 assists in a 106–91 win over the New York Knicks.
On July 1, 2016, Mayo was dismissed from the NBA for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
2009 Topps Rookie Photo Shoot Dual auto Mayo/Love
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2008)
Pac-10 All-Freshman team (2008)
Pac-10 All-Defensive team (2008)
McDonalds All-American MVP (2007)
2× First-team Parade All-American (2006–2007)