Before the game against the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers knew that he was going to be without the services of Rajon Rondo and the “Big Three”. This meant that the Celtics were going to need a go to scorer and that Avery bradley would be playing point guard. Bradley had not had much success as point guard running an offense. However, Doc Rivers did the right thing and let Bradley know that he was to be a shooting guard at the point guard spot. The team needed Bradley to be aggressive and look to shoot and attack the basket. Bradley did just what the coach asked and lit it up for a career high 28 points in the close loss to the Hawks.
Bradley scored the way he normally does with some great cuts to the basket. Bradley has just learned to move without the ball extremely well. However, he showed some serious improvement in his other offensive aspects. Despite Atlanta keying in on him, Bradley would show great confidence in his mid range jump shot as he buried it with ease all night long whether he was covered or not. Bradley also got to the basket off the drive as well.
The fact is Boston was playing without Rajon Rondo. this meant there was no one there to help create Bradley’s offense. He had to create his own and finish. He had to finish despite the fact Atlanta was keying on him after his hot start. This game shows that his offense has caught up to his defense. Bradley is more than capable of being a scorer for an NBA playoff team.
Bradley came into this league as a defensive stopper that was not a very good offensive player. He had all the tools to be great in the future, but he needed to develop as a player. He lacked a jump shot and any knowledge of how to use his freakish athletic ability and speed to be an effective scorer. He could also not run an NBA offense as a point guard. The great news is Doc Rivers worked hard with this kid on his offensive game and realized that he could be a better player if he just looked for his offense rather than be a point guard. The even better news is Bradley worked on his shot all summer and is now capable of being an impact player on offense.
The results of this work is after waiting for the future for Avery Bradley, the future has arrived. The man that at one point that was a better prospect than first over all pick in Bradley’s draft class in John Wall is showing that those that thought he had those kind of skills were on the money. The fact the future is now for Bradley is great news for Boston’s playoff push. Remember Go Green or Go Home!!!!!!