Jerryd Andrew Bayless (born August 20, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played a year of college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats after playing high school basketball at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, where he scored a career-high 52 points in a loss to eventual state champions, Mesa Mountain View.
Bayless was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He was subsequently traded by Indiana with Ike Diogu to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush on July 9. At the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League, he earned the Most Valuable Player award after leading the league in scoring at 29.8 points per game and leading the Trail Blazers to a 3–2 win/loss record.
Bayless scored a career-high 31 points on December 23, 2009 against the San Antonio Spurs, setting a franchise record for points by a Trail Blazer making his first career start.
Bayless was traded by the Trail Blazers to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick on October 23, 2010
Bayless was traded by New Orleans with Peja Stojaković to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for David Andersen, Marcus Banks and Jarrett Jack on November 20, 2010. On December 11, 2010, he tied his career-high of 31 points against the Detroit Pistons. He recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists on February 22, 2011 against the Charlotte Bobcats, tying career-highs by shooting 11-of-12 from the free throw line, making him the first NBA player to record a points/assists double-double without a made field goal since Magic Johnson did so in 1996.
On July 13, 2012, Bayless signed a two-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. On June 30, 2013, he exercised his player option with the Grizzlies for the 2013–14 season.
On January 7, 2014, Bayless was traded to the Boston Celtics in a three-team trade that involved the Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On July 31, 2014, Bayless signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. He had a solid first half of the 2014–15 season before his form dropped post All-Star break. During the season, Bayless was often relied upon to carry a significant load as he knew the system and had coach Jason Kidd’s trust. This was especially true in the first week that followed the All-Star break, as newly acquired Michael Carter-Williams was still nursing a toe-injury.
On July 13, 2016, Bayless signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Career highlights and awards
Second-team All-Pac-10 (2008)
McDonald’s All-American (2007)
First-team Parade All-American (2007)
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2006 San Antonio Team competition