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O.J. Mayo (born November 5, 1987 in Huntington, West Virginia) was signed as a free agent, by the Dallas Mavericks, on July 19, 2012.
Mayo, a McDonalds and Parade All-American coming out of Huntington High School elected to play his college ball at the University of Southern California. He made his mark immediately averaging 20.7 points his freshman year and being named to the All-PAC 10 first team.
The bottom dropped out after the season however when Mayo was found to have received illegal benefits from a sports agent. By receiving those benefits, it was determined that he had forfeited his amateur status before ever having played a game. Therefore all his stats were erased that the Trojans had to vacate all 21 of their wins that year. Vacating a win does not mean losing, rather wiped clean, so the team's record for the season stands officially at 0-12.
Despite the controversy, and Mayo's loss of future collegiate eligibility, it didn't scare off the NBA as the 6'4 guard was selected in the first round (third overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. It took no time howeveer for Mayo's address to change.
In a blockbuster draft-night trade, the Wolves sent Mayo's rights, along with Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and Marko Jaric to the Memphis Grizzlies in return for the draft rights to another first round selection, Kevin Love, and Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Mullins.
His rookie season was an overwhelming success as he saw action in all 82 of Memphis' games averaging 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists on his way to finishing second in the league's Rookie-of-the-Year balloting.
Mayo posted essentially the same numbers his second year in the league averaging 17.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while posting a career-high 40 points in a game agains Denver on November 1, 2009.
Changes came in 2010-2011 when Mayo was moved into a sixth-man position. On a personal level his number dropped across the board to 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.0 apg. He was suspended on January 27, 2010 for ten games due to a positive steroid test. Despite providing the Grizzlies' proven scoring off the bench the new role was one he was never happy with.
In the 2011-2012 stike-shortened season, Mayo played in all 66 games for Memphis posting a scoring average of 12.6 points.
During the following offseason, Mayo signed a free agent deal with Dallas. With the Mavs he played in all 82 games, raising his scoring average to 15.3 ppg, his best since 2010. He also equaled his career game-high, while with Dallas, scoring 40 points on December 8, 2012 against the Houston Rockets.
Following the season, Mayo declined the player option on his Mavs contract and became a free agent. On July 6, 2013, he signed a three-year, $24 million dollar deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.