Shook Ankles: O.J. Mayo Teaches Danny Green How To Jump
Admit it. Every time you look at O.J. Mayo the first thing that comes to mind is Kevin Love. How could he not? The two were dealt for one another in what’s quickly become one of the more lopsided trades in recent history. One might say it’s looking less even by the day. Memphis is doing okay for themselves right now as a legitimate Western Conference bully, but just imagine them with Love’s ridiculous consistency instead of Mayo’s unpredictable temperament. Banging inside with a legitimate defensive center to ease up the load, complimenting a fellow budding superstar in Rudy Gay, and continuing on the Hall of Fame path he’s currently treading, Memphis would be an even greater entity than they are right now. But the past is the past. The draft night trade that put Mayo in Memphis and Love in Minnesota happened. So is life.
When we boil this down, how unfair is it to compare O.J. Mayo with one of the NBA’s best players (who doesn’t even play the same position!) just because they were unwillingly linked a few years ago? Mayo isn’t a terrible basketball player—not in the least. He’s a 23-year-old dynamo, shooting 41% from the three-point line, coming off the bench for a player who can’t hit a layup (and once beat him up on an airplane), and doing it all without public complaint. And is it so naive as to remember the 19-year-old rookie who averaged nearly 20 points per game? The offensive deviant who went from West Virginia to Southern California to the NBA with seamless ease? Mayo may never tip the scales to make the trade for Kevin Love look good in his favor, but there’s still plenty of time for him to close the gap.