Countless times I have written of the improvements Avery Bradley has made on the offensive end this season. The shooting guard has been on a tear the last few games in particular. Bradley is certainly making a case for a hefty paycheck at season’s end, which will put pressure the Boston Celtics this offseason.
Since coming back from his injury, Bradley is averaging 23.7 points and shooting over 80 percent from three. Granted it is only been three games, but Bradley had been putting up big numbers before his injury. But the fact that Bradley has taken over 15 shots and at least four three-pointers while maintaining such a solid shooting percentage is quite impressive.
The 23-year-old has been the focal point of the offense for the Celtics. Not only has he been shooting lights out from beyond the arc, but he has also been able to put the ball on the floor and hit the pull-up jumper. He has always had a nice mechanical shot and is finally putting it all together.
If Bradley can become a consistent, knock-down three-point shooter, then he will be exactly what the Celtics need. We already know what he can do on the defensive end, so his offensive improvement would make him a serious weapon for Boston. Surrounding a point guard like Rajon Rondo with shooters seems like a reasonable idea.
Bradley’s play down the stretch puts the Celtics in a tough situation this offseason. Bradley, set to be a restricted free agent, is making a great case for a lucrative contract. The Celtics have a huge decision to make regarding his services. How much is he worth, especially with his injury history?
The draft will answer many questions for the Celtics, and until then we can only speculate. All we know is Bradley is currently playing the best basketball of his career.