The Memphis Grizzlies have what you call, “The Big Four.” They have four key players to success which are Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, and…wait, who is he again? Oh right, O.J. Mayo. I forget he still is even playing. Mind the sarcasm, but that is what it seems like so far, 15 games into the 2010-11 NBA season.
Mayo has been averaging 32.6 minutes per game, according to ESPN Statistics. But with all those minutes per game, Mayo has put up a disappointing 13.3 points and 2.1 assists per game. Due to his peformance, Mayo has been in trade talks. In a post, Mark Travis noted that the possible trade scenarios the former USC standout could be in.
But the Memphis Grizzlies need O.J. Mayo, whether he is struggling or not. He was a huge key to the Grizzlies’ success last season and they can’t give up on him, now as he is entering his third season of his career. But still, the statistics show that Mayo has not been enticing.
Mayo has been playing awful in his last three games. Against the Detroit Pistons last night in a 105-84 victory, Mayo scored nine points off the bench. In the mircalous win versus the Miami Heat, Mayo only had two points and went one-of-seven overall. In the loss to the Washington Wizards, he had three points and went one-of-four. This is not the same O.J. Mayo we are accustomed to.
I want to see the O.J. Mayo who had 29 points and shot over 50-percent like he did against Minnesota Timberwolves in the third game of the year, giving the Grizzleis a 109-89 victory. Not the Mayo that goes one-for-eight with four points in a 106-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
It is time for Mayo to step it up. He is the guy counted on for three-pointers and the big shots. We’ve seen that a lot last season. We all expected Mayo to hatch this season and put up big numbers. But it’s the other way around and his numbers are dropping and so is his status among the great NBA players in the league.
If the Grizzlies want to succeed this season, Mayo needs to step it up and become that player people wanted to expect this season.
Otherwise, it is another season down the drain.