Well, here we are again. Just when I thought this season was going to be the season that makes me like Avery Bradley… Now, it certainly appeared like that early on. However, like always time told its story. Yet again, I am calling for Avery Bradley’s head halfway through the NBA season.
Avery Bradley started the season hot. Don’t get me wrong. I loved his play for a while. As I have mentioned in other articles, Avery has always been that guy that I can’t figure out. Just when I want him gone, he tears it up. On the flipside when I start to like him, his play dips. That is if he is actually, physically, legitimately “playing.”
Bradley has been out for 14 straight games and has appeared in only 1 of the last 18. Meanwhile, the Celtics have gone 13-5 during this 18-game stretch. They have also won 10 of their last 11 games.
This does not surprise me at all. Bradley seems as if he is always injured. Always. Now, his injuries have hurt them before, but now it seems as if they don’t whatsoever. Does Avery Bradley even make them better? Yeah probably, but not enough to make him untradeable.
It is time that the Celtics move on from Bradley. I’ve said it before, taken it back, said it again, and taken it back again. However, this time it is final. They have shown what they can do without him and I am sold. So ship him out of here. A large part of the reasoning behind it is that, though I don’t see much value in him any longer, many teams around the league would love a lockdown perimeter guy that can now shoot well.
If the Celtics can flip Bradley for a rebounding and rim-protecting big, I would be nowhere short of ecstatic. They need that, and they need it badly. As these games string together, I am starting to notice the Celtics do not necessarily need Bradley. So why not trade him for something they need?
A large factor to take into account when deciding if the Celtics need him is the improvement of Marcus Smart and the evolution of Jaylen Brown. With the way those two are playing, Avery is not a necessary piece to any puzzle.
Marcus Smart has been averaging near 12 points and 5 assists per game in Bradley’s absence. He is also making so many plays happen that do not show up on the stat sheet. Game by game, I am starting to enjoy and trust Smart on the floor more and more. Obviously, I can’t mention Marcus Smart without mentioning his defense. I believe he is more valuable on the defensive side of the ball than Bradley. Also…the guy is the team enforcer, brownie points for that in my book.
Jaylen Brown has been starting to grow right in front of us. I am not saying he is some superstar to be, but it sure looks like he is getting the whole NBA thing. He is not afraid of anything or anyone when heading to the rim. That I love. If he can improve finishing, hitting free throws, mental mistakes, and shooting we will see a great player in no time. He is still young. However he is showing us stuff many rookies do not.
So yeah, why hold onto a guy that will constantly get injured? The answer beats me. I have no idea why they feel the need to hold onto Bradley.
Even with the injuries aside. Bradley isn’t as good offensively as some think. The guy is light-years above where he once was, no doubt. Maybe that is why some think he is a good offensive player. If you look at it, he is averaging one of the most inconsistent 17 points per game ever. It is also largely skewed by his terrific start. Bradley is truly nothing but a defensive stopper when push comes to shove. You might mention that the Celtics need his rebounding ability. Well if they traded him for a rebounding big, then the void fills itself.
Seriously, this is it. I have made up my mind when it comes to Avery Bradley. Note to the Boston Celtics, it is time to part ways with Avery Bradley.
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