Jerryd Bayless is currently the backup point guard in Toronto behind Jose Calderon, but in reality, he is a far better fit at the two spot behind DeMar DeRozan.
Bayless has the potential to become a great scoring threat for the Raptors—as he was during his college days back in Arizona—and a huge spark plug off the bench.
Bayless is extremely athletic and an excellent slasher with the ability to draw a ton of fouls and beat teams at the free throw line. He is a good jump shooter but he could still use some work, especially from long range.
Once he becomes a bigger threat from behind the arc, he will be a legitimate NBA scorer with a well-rounded offensive game.
With Sonny Weems being an unrestricted free agent and Leandro Barbosa a restricted free agent with a player option for one more year (that he will likely accept), Bayless seems to be the logical choice to replace them as DeMar DeRozan’s backup and the sixth man of the future for the Raptors.
Following is a brief description of what makes a good sixth man, some examples of recent great sixth men and three reasons why Jerryd Bayless should be moved to SG and made the sixth man of the future for the Raptors.