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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  57 responses

Avery Bradley is Much Bigger and Willing to Play Point Guard


Next season is a very important one for Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley — he’s in line for a contract extension, or could end up becoming a restricted free agent. Bradley has bulked up considerably this summer, and says he’d be happy to hold the fort down at point guard until Rajon Rondo returns to the lineup. Per CSNNE: “There are many things that Bradley is thinking about heading into this season, but his contract status apparently isn’t one of them. ‘I really don’t focus on that,” Bradley said. “I just focus on winning games, doing what I can do for my team.’ And just as quickly as he forces ball-handlers to change directions, he soon did the same with questions regarding his contract. ‘I can’t wait for the season start,’ said Bradley who helped congratulate the winner of the Re/Max of New England ‘Home Court’ makeover program in addition to leading a basketball clinic in Barrington. ‘I’m in the gym every day trying to get better. I can’t wait until training camp.’ [...] ‘It was hard,’ Bradley said of seeing his former teammates (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce) and head coach (Doc Rivers) leave all at once. ‘We are all like a family. It was hard on everybody. All we can do is wish the best for each other and just move on from there. When we see each other, there’s always going to be love.’ And for those who love Bradley’s physical brand of play, there’s literally more to love these days. Two-a-day (and sometimes three-a-day) workouts this summer in addition to more weightlifting and a modified diet, has resulted in Bradley adding significant bulk to his frame. ‘My body, I feel a lot stronger,’ said Bradley who now weighs 196 pounds which is the most he has ever weighed. ‘Sometimes when I’m walking down the streets of Boston, people say, ‘Man you look a lot bigger.’ Bradley, who has weighed around 180 pounds most of his career, said he hopes to go into the season weighing about 188 pounds. Not only will the added weight allow him to be an even more physical defender than he is now, but it should also result in his body being more sturdy for the rigors of this upcoming season. [...] While the Celtics remain hopeful that his torn right ACL injury will heal in time for him to start the season, all indications are that Rondo’s return will most likely be sometime in December. That means Bradley may once again find himself having to play more at the point guard position than off the ball, which is a more natural spot for him to play. ‘Whatever my role is, whatever I can do to help our team out, that’s what I’m going to be open to doing,’ Bradley said. ‘Rondo will still be there to play that leadership role and help everybody out. Even if I’m not playing point guard, whoever it is, I’m pretty sure whoever is, Rondo is going to be there in his ear to try to help us be the best team we can be and win a championship.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    196-180 = 16 lbs of Muscle. The man is a pound over the gold standard of muscle gain.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    Maybe it’s not all muscle lol.

  • shockexchange

    In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, Bradley is making it sexy to play defense again. Do your thang young fella.

  • Shifty

    I concur, the man makes it exciting, anybody who blocks wade at the rim is the shiz in my book

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the problem isn’t in his size ….. it’s in his ability to create offense for others ….. and shoot …… and dribble …..

  • LakeShow

    He really doesn’t have great PG instincts is his problem.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and that.

  • LakeShow

    You pretty much alluded to that below, but I think that’s his KEY problem.

    The dribbling, meh, he’ll be fine, shooting, he’s inconsistent, but still has the right mechanics and passing, he’s fine as a SG.

    But the PG position as you know is one of more importance than any other(unless you have a Bron/Wade/Kobe). He won’t be successful as a point imo. He just doesn’t have it ingrained in him.

  • spit hot fiyah

    one of my favorite players to watch. limited skills offensively but a beast on D. and one of the best cutters in the league

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well for a SG his issues are definitely didn’t. i was only referring to him playing the PG position. So yeah, totally agree. You just made it a lot more simple then i did with all my nonsense.

  • Ernie D

    Another sign that winning a bunch of games this season isn’t as important as finding out what they have left on their roster that is worth moving forward. I still think Rondo, Bradley & Green are star players, with guys like Brandon Bass, Jared Sulinger, Kris Humphries serving as solid defenders who can rebound. What they will need is someone to step up and fill the scoring void left by the departure of Pierce. They showed it was a problem when Ray Allen left, and Jason Terry was not able to do it for the most part. Bradley is capable of averaging double figures at shooting guard, and adding more muscle should make him more affective at driving the lane. I think he just needs more time to play more minutes, like Jeff Green did. They are going to need guys like MarShon Brooks and Courtney Lee to step up, and Kelly O. to surprise a lot of people with his polished offensive game. Either way, it’s a developing year for them, and there should not be a lot of pressure on Bradley once Rondo returns. All he has to do is stay healthy and be productive at his natural position, and he will get his extension.

  • The Philosopher

    Ron Harper…

  • LakeShow

    What about him? Great defender, mediocre shooter, so they are similar?

    He had the ability to play 3 positions. Bradley does not. That is that thing that was great about Harp.

  • Caboose

    The Celtics are gonna be a mess next year. They have talent but none of it fits. They’re like the rich man’s Kings from last year.

  • Cortez Mack

    Ron Harper’s contributions at PG were dedicating himself to defense (and being taller than most PGs) and being a good enough shooter/scorer (even after his prime) to make key baskets. He was not relied upon to be a “premier” traditional PG. Plus, the triangle does not rely on a “spread the floor” 1-4 PG.

  • LakeShow

    They don’t have any centers….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Maaaaaaaaaan, Ron Harper had a career before Chicago….you should look it up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Philosopher, do you not at all remember Ron Harper?

  • The Philosopher

    Yes.
    What I remember was that, he did not have great point guard instincts.
    But, I also remember that he was effective.
    As Cortez Mack explained.

  • LakeShow

    Goddam what is with you and thinking every one else doesn’t know sh*t.

    What in my statement makes it seem as if I don’t understand who and what Harper was as a player?
    The fact I said he could play 3 positions? He could…
    The fact I said he was a great defender? He was…
    The fact I said he was a mediocre shooter? That’s true….

    What amazing knowledge do you wish to bestow upon me now?..

    ugggh

  • The Philosopher

    And, you just described Avery Bradley… except for his shooting prowess.

  • The Philosopher

    Yes. They are similar.
    In my opinion.
    Not VERRRRRY similar, but similar.

  • Caboose

    They’ve got Pseudo-Centers in Olynyk, Hump, and Wilcox. This season won’t end well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Great Defender, mediocre shooter
    .
    That was true for 7 of 15 years.
    .
    The other 8 he was a good shooter (for the league he was playing in). Sounded like you were basically calling him mediocre. Which he really really wasn’t. That’s all.

  • LakeShow

    Okay, well don’t “call me out” if you’re not really calling me out.

    He was a very good player. I know that…

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, good point…

    But Rondo is on his team and Bradley is best suited size wise at the PG position. Just not a good fit, but in the right scenario (Miami) he would thrive.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    didn’t sound like you did….

  • LakeShow

    WHY???

    Quit making sh*t up in your head…

    nothing about -

    “What about him? Great defender, mediocre shooter, so they are similar?

    He had the ability to play 3 positions. Bradley does not. That is that thing that was great about Harp.”

    - says I don’t know about Harp as a player…

    I said two facts about Harp and you took from that, that I know nothing about Ron Harper…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he wasn’t considered a great defender until he got to Chicago…..
    .
    he was a top 15 scorer. really his shooting/defense/game was nothing like Avery Bradley’s. His role was just similar after he got hurt and went to Chicago.
    .
    it seemed like you only explained his time in Chicago….because you really only explained his time in Chicago.

  • The Philosopher

    Agree.

  • LakeShow

    I didn’t watch him early in his career, I was too young. Only have seen highlight footage mainly. Sounds like you remember the mid to late 80′s well though.

    Tell me, what was so bad about his defense before his Chicago stint?

    Obviously, he was #1 option offensively, so he couldn’t dedicate himself to being just a defender as a youth.

    I realize that steals and blocks are not the end all be all of good defense, but last time I checked, you cannot grab 2.5 steals and block a shot a game as a SG your first 4 years in the L if your not at the very least a very good defender.

    It’s crazy, that only once in Chicago, is where his defense became admirable… I realize he changed his game, but i’m pretty damn sure he was always a great defender. I don’t believe you. Prove it.

    “he was a top 15 scorer.” Did I say he couldn’t score well?

    “really his shooting/defense/game was nothing like Avery Bradley’s.” Hmm okay… I didn’t say it was, Philosopher did.

    Once again, just please only call out people for a reason.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He was a good defender. But he wasn’t great. Little too skinny in the early part of his career to lock up typical wings. Good, but not elite. .
    As a scorer he did hit a lot of mid range jumpers. And shot around 50% doing it….. His shooting was only considered mediocre when he got hurt, became a role player, & the 3pt shot became prominent.

    I was also extremely bored today, and created arguments I shouldn’t have. I apologize. .
    P.S. I would have misunderstood normally, but wouldn’t have been so confrontational

  • LakeShow

    I appreciate the last part. Reminds me that you’re human.

    I always appreciate hearing your perspective. Really do, but you don’t have to be act as if i’m wrong in order to share it. Just add to what we’re talking about.

    While the Ron Harper/Avery Bradley comparison isn’t (close to) perfect, you and I can both see Philo’s point i’m sure.(you and I both disagree with him, in that they are similar overall talents) His point was that while neither are PG’s, they are both smart players that could fill a role in that position because they’re above average defensively at the position.

    We’re all bored, that’s why we are commenting on a website.

    I’m out for the day.

  • 23

    Do you know what “at the rim” means ?

  • 23

    Definitely not all muscle. That’s impossible in one summer.

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    He is just simply not a PG.

  • Sean Superstar Juan

    Man, either y’all cats are young or really new to the league. Ron Harper was the 2nd best SG in the East to Mike for like 2 years before the knee injury. Harper was an All Star level SG, he played a quasi “PG” in Chicago’s triangle offense but should never be considered a PG. A 6’6″ Ron Harper is not at all similar to a 6’1″ 1/2 Avery Bradley.

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  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    So we can agree that they both play/played basketball in the NBA to a “good” standard that may or may not be comparable at the same or different positions….. nice. That works. Now you guys need to spend more time out in the fresh air.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    And if Avery doesn’t get an extension offer he can always look into your lucrative and no doubt effective scheme.

    …..

  • danpowers

    i beg to differ. bradley can very well play 3 positions – at least on defense. i remember him giving melo the business on d while rivers let bradley play against melo for some minutes. there are not too many defenders in the league who are able to do that.

  • Busta213

    “15lbs of muscle” is an old off season cliché – every summer there would always be a story about some dude who had dramatically bulked up…..all muscle! Lol

  • 23

    At the rim, means AT THE RIM. Just an fyi

  • LakeShow

    You don’t WANT him guarding the SF generally.

    Yes he can be disruptive, and could spend a few quality mins guarding a big 3, but you think Bradley’s guarding Melo over a series?? NO.

    Remember when the Celts put Rondo on Bron for a few possessions a couple years back in the playoffs?

    That’s the equivalent of how Bradley could guard a 3.

    He can’t for extended amounts of time though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    idk what happened to my comment, i linked a SLAM article, i don’t see why they would moderate that out. but incase you didn’t see it, Philo, i misunderstood the direction you were going, thought you were calling them similar players, rather than just having similar roles at a certain point in each career.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if Bradley was put on Melo for an extended period of time, Melo would figure out how to score on an extremely consistent basis. Avery Bradley is 6’2″ – he’s not someone you want guarding a SF for more than a possession or two here and there.

  • bill

    are you a celtics fan? wilcox is not on the roster

  • Caboose

    My bad

  • danpowers

    sure. but a nice weapon to distract the flow of the opponents offense. even if its just for a couple of plays every once in a while. on the perimeter this lil guy is pure terror on d.

    still not of the same caliber of a guy like ron harper

  • danpowers

    true, he wont be able to do that. this disruptive short stints at the 3 on d are still a nice luxury to have for any coach.

    so lets call it “he can guard two and a half positions”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right. Avery Bradley is a specialist. Ron Harper eventually took on a specialist type role out of necessity. But Harper wasn’t pressing people full-court. And he was switching on ALL picks. One of the reasons Avery Bradley is so great defensively in the first place, is that you rarely lose him with a pick.
    .
    but, in theory, they are SG’s who had to play PG. And their biggest strength in doing so came on the defensive end.

  • danpowers

    indeed.

    its still absurd to compare a defensive specialist to a guy who was capable to deliver 20-5-5 to go with 2 steals and good defense. sure, after he tore his ACL it was like you said, he eventually took on a specialist role and did what his body let him do.

    i just wonder if bradley would be able to help a team after an acl tear in a way harper did. i doubt that.
    so i really like how you put it: “in theory…”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Olynyk can play Center on O for sure, I just donno about his defense.

  • The Philosopher

    It’s cool, man.

  • The Philosopher

    Lmao…

  • The Philosopher

    Look me up.

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