DENVER — There was a debate nearly six years ago before the 2008 NBA draft. Who was the better, more NBA-ready guard, Jerryd Bayless or Russell Westbrook?
There was a case made for Bayless. He was a high-scoring guard from the University of Arizona, a one-and-done who was prepared to take his offensive arsenal to the next level. Yet, he hasn’t been able to showcase that arsenal. In the NBA, he has been a volume scorer off the bench, nothing more. He had started just 45 of his 340 NBA games before Tuesday night, when the Celtics became his fifth team in six seasons.