Originally written December 11, 2012 on Bloguin Best:
Mayo's entire career has been turned around by his moving to Dallas Drafted third overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded on draft night to Memphis out of USC, O.J. Mayo's future career in the NBA seemed to be headed in a direction like that of other shooting guards with a similar skill set to his, such as Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, or even Joe Johnson. In his one year in Southern California with the Trojans, Mayo was a scoring machine that the rest of the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12) simply could not stop. Averaging 20.7 points per game, it appeared O.J. would face immediate success at the next level, as his rare mix of size, athleticism and pure scoring ability is not commonly seen in the NBA. Apparently, the Grizzlies felt that way too, as they thought highly enough of Mayo to trade for him on draft night, giving up Kevin Love and the chance to pick Russell Westbrook or Roy Hibbert. In the beginning of his Mavericks tenure, Mayo was li...
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