Boston Celtics’ Avery Bradley Makes Case For New Contract
One player that particularly stood out in the Boston Celtics‘ victory over the Miami Heat was guard Avery Bradley. Bradley scored 23 points by shooting 8-of-13 from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers. The 23-year-old also dazzled on the defensive end by holding his own against Dwyane Wade and the rest of Miami’s backcourt. Bradley, set to be a restricted free agent at season’s end, made a strong case to earn a lucrative deal.
One of the knocks on Bradley’s game is his offensive production. As we know, he has improved his offensive numbers across the board in 2013-14. He is shooting a respectable 37 percent while averaging 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. More importantly, he and Rajon Rondo seem to have found a groove playing with each other.
If the Celtics choose to keep Rondo in their plans, they should consider keeping Bradley around as well. The Rondo-Bradley combo is deadly tandem on both sides of the floor. Defensively, they apply a lot of pressure and Rondo makes Bradley much better offensively.
However, Bradley is undersized, injury-prone, lacks versatility on defense and is not the most potent offensive threat. Boston should not give him over $6 million in a deal. I also don’t think he is a long-term option. If the Celtics strip down their roster even further this offseason and trade Rondo, then Bradley should not be given a contract. But if the Celtics do use their many assets to acquire a star player like Kevin Love, then Bradley would be a perfect fit.
Bradley just might be one of those players who is most effective when taking on a secondary role. If the Celtics remain in rebuild mode next season, then Bradley is not part of the solution.
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