If we give every single player the benefit of the doubt, and only part ways once we were 100% sure they can't help the team, we'd get nowhere fast.
We don't have a lot invested into Bayless (financially, or emotionally) that I don't see any reason not to look for his replacement this offseason. If he goes on to be a starting PG one day, so be it. It's not something we should to be afraid of happening, whether it's likely or not.
The Calderon-Ford fiasco was purely a coaching issue. Mitchell wanted to split the minutes between Ford and Calderon. It wasnt like Ford sucked after he came back from injury, and it wasnt like Calderon was spectacular either. Mitchell just split the minutes, period. And Ford didnt like it so he got shipped out. Bayless played good basketball when Calderon went down last season, but Triano still went back to Calderon when he got better. And this season, Jose is the starter, even if Bayless played good in the final few games last season.
Like i said, the guy got traded to the Raptors mid-season last year (NO CAMP, LIMITED PRACTICES), and with this season (NO CAMP, NO PRACTICES) plus missed 17 games due to injury.
Youre not giving him the benefit of the doubt, youre judging a player who hasnt even had the chance to run full sets with his teammates. And, given a new system i might add.
He continually looked off teammates, got the ball to people at wrong time or in poor position.
He did a great job as a shooting guard.
Basketball IQ for a point guard, is know all plays defensively/offensively, know your check, find mismatches, see your teammates, run the team smoothly, control shot selection whether it's your shot or your teammates', make the right play/decisions, know who has the hot-hand, and it's your job to lead the team into the game-plan. He did a fair job of running the team vs. Cleveland, but he had as many bad decisions as good ones. And, I'm not talking about turnovers. Jump-shots, tunnel vision, telegraphing etc. etc.
Metrics should be used to determine if your observations are consistent with facts and to pinpoint areas to investigate further if they do not. There is a point though at which you must choose between your research and your observations.
Keep in mind this is the viewpoint of someone who first got involved in sabermetrics more than 30 years ago to disprove ludicrous statements from sport journalists who were saying things like "the cost of playing Greg Luzinski in left field is 100 runs per year" as facts.
I just find it baffling that there's this much debate over a player like Bayless. To me, it's very clear he's not capable of running an offense, and I don't wish to waste the team's valuable resources (i.e. salary, time, coaches) hoping he "gets it" at an unknown time in the future.
If Bayless magically grew 4 inches, a strong case could be made that Bayless deserves the starting SG spot over DeRozan. But he's definitely no PG.
For me, the truest (is that even a word?), most accurate evaluation of Bayless is... my wife. Before we got married, she had never watched a game, but now she even "likes" the Raptors on Facebook. Throughout Bayless' time on the Raptors, my wife has been constantly baffled by Bayless' play, often asking me questions like: "why is he playing 1 on 5?" or "why doesn't he use his teammates the way Caldy does?" or "why doesn't he pass the ball more?" or "why does he stand there and dribble for so long and then just take a long shot that isn't even close?". Even as a recent basketball fan, my wife is able to observe the fact that the offense just seems to stall when Bayless subs in for Calderon and that they have to work twice as hard to get a basket. I just laugh when she gets into a game and gets so frustrated when Bayless jacks up a forced shot early in the shot clock to kill the team's momentum, exclaiming "Bayless is useless" at the TV... makes me proud! lol