Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley had a disappointing 2012-2013 for the franchise, and this summer is an important one for his growth and development. Still only 22 years old, his offense took a step backward this season while his defense was again tremendous up until the playoffs. He had a tough start to the season as he missed the first few months of the campaign due to offseason shoulder surgery. That clearly set him back as it took him a noticeable amount of time to get back in rhythm, and by the time he looked more comfortable, starting point guard Rajon Rondo tore his ACL and missed the remainder of the NBA season.
Bradley still has a promising future with the franchise and is clearly entrenched as one of the team’s building blocks for the future. He will never be a star, but he can be a solid contributor for some time. He needs to get in a gym every day this summer and take at least a couple hundred jump shots a day. He also has to continue to improve his overall dribbling and control with both hands, something that has hurt him since entering the league a few years ago. If he can make those improvements, he will only become that much more dangerous as an overall basketball player. His defense is obviously his calling card. He can guard the opponent’s best guard for an entire game, and that is something head coach Doc Rivers has felt comfortable with for some time.
Bradley has a ways to go as a basketball player, and this summer will play a vital role in his on-court development.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18