Los Angeles Lakers Need a Player Like Avery Bradley

By Brendan Patel
John Geliebter - USA TODAY Sports
John Geliebter – USA TODAY Sports

Guard Avery Bradley will become a restricted free-agent in the offseason, and it is unclear if the Boston Celtics will match any offers for him. Bradley has significantly improved his game in the past three seasons, and can now be considered a vital role player on any team. He is still extremely young and has a lot of potential in the future. The Los Angeles Lakers need to sign a player like Bradley in the offseason.

Bradley is a completely different offensive player than he was when he first entered the NBA. He is slowly developing an outside shot, forcing opposing teams to close out on him. He has improved his ball-handling, and can be relied on to play the point guard position at times. He has always been a good slasher and continues to get better around the rim.

Bradley’s calling card is on the defensive end, where he is considered one of the better players in the league. He has great length and athleticism, which allows him to guard most point guards, and even some shooting guards. He is very quick and has active hands, enabling him to be a threat to create turnovers. The Lakers need more speed in the backcourt, especially with aging veterans in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash unable to keep up with the majority of opposing guards.

Bradley understands his role and is willing to work hard on every possession. He would instantly upgrade the team defensively, as well as improve the athleticism from the guard position. He is a hard worker who is extremely young, meaning he has a lot of good years ahead of him. He won’t be as expensive as other marquee free agents, and will be looking for an opportunity to improve his game. The Lakers need to be aggressive in reaching out to Bradley, as they desperately need to add a player with his qualities and defensive ability.

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