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Introducing (For Now): Avery Bradley

 

UPDATE (9:55 P.M.) Just returned from Doc Rivers presser here at the TD Garden and by all accounts it sounds like the Celtics will keep this pick and groom Avery Bradley to be “Rondo’s understudy.” Doc noted the team liked two players available at that spot, but liked Bradley more. Raved about his defense, said needs to work on PG Skills. No new news regarding his return, says will make a decision before July 1st. – B Robb

The Celtics have selected 6’3” Texas freshman Avery Bradley. It is unclear if they will keep Bradley or deal him for a couple of other guys picked later in this draft.

For now, here’s the book on Bradley: An elite defender who was unprepared to man the point last year at UT but shot the ball extremely well. A combo guard, and very much a work in progress. Via DraftExpress:

Avery Bradley is considered one of the best defenders in this group, and his situational strengths characterize him as a potential high-level role-player.

And:

While he’s certainly not the most dynamic offensive threat at this point, Bradley was very solid in spot up situations. With a sizeable 30.5% of his touches coming from such opportunities, he shot a second ranked adjusted field goal percentage of 60.9%. The least prolific player running the pick and roll (.57 points per possession) and a mediocre isolation player, Bradley was heavily reliant on his jump shot to score points.

And:

Nearly 75.7% of his half court shots were jumpers, and he led all players with a 43.1% shooting percentage on such attempts. Despite being a prolific shooter, Bradley is the worst finisher in this group, averaging 0.754 points per-shot.

* Note: Those rankings are among shooting guards eligible for the draft.
I’m at the draft with (among others) Graydon Gordian, one of the authors at the brilliant Spurs blog 48 Minutes of Hell and a big UT fan. Gordian says Bradley is a player, and he liked Bradley better than the other UT guys in this draft.
  • Shooter

    WTF seriously………..a pg in a bigs draft…….not Danny’s best draft by a long shot.Trade looming?

  • lakershater13

    I have to think this is part of a trade. No way we took a point guard with what is left on the board.

  • I love Green

    Trade bait. Hopefully trade up for Crawford and Whiteside.

  • beantownbombers

    hate the pick….if they were gunna take a gaurd they should have taken anderson pure scorer who can come off the bench right now and provide some good scoring bradley is goin to be in the nbdl this year if we keep him what a waste of a pick

  • Cptn Bubbles

    If it’s not for a trade then I’m flabbergasted. Just what we need another jump shooter. Being described as a sg that will have to learn how to play the point to succeed in the nba. We struggle most of all with rebounding, but Avery does avg 3 boards per game so who needs bigs, besides the lake, anyway???

  • Cptn Bubbles

    I don’t get it. They say Avery will need to “become” a point guard to succeed in the league…..he avg’d 2 assists per game at Texas. Espn said he must improve his shooting so what exactly is he going to do?

    Looks like we are not drafting by need unless Avery has an extraordinary vertical which can get us all the rebounds we so desperately need….Sheed is gone. Perk is hurt. KG is down from 11 to 7 rebounds per game, & we draft a shooting guard that Bilas says needs to LEARN to play the point to be successful in the nba. Sounds inspiring

  • Shooter

    Ok i officially hate this pick,unless we trade it.We sucked all season on the boards and we get a fucking pg…..yeah that makes sense.

  • I love Green

    Time is ticking for us to trade Bradley for some good value. Like Crawford, Darrington Hobson, Whiteside. Come on Danny!

  • I love Green

    There goes Crawford. He’ll be the late 1st round gem everyone talks about a few years from now.

  • Shooter

    There goes Crawford to NJ.makes sense after the CDR trade.Doesn’t look promising for us though……dammit Danny what you thinking

  • I love Green

    @Zach- You think Bradley can play any SG for us?

  • Shooter

    Looks like we’ll be getting our bigs with vet min.I would like to think Danny gets Outlaw or Mike Miller with the mid level.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    @Love: Sure. Eddie House did (sort of).

  • Shooter

    Crawford traded to Atlanta

  • Shooter

    ESPN actually has Bradley listed as sg

  • Shooter

    Hmmmm ok maybe Danny’s thinking Bradley plays the 2 with Rondo running the point.He’s an excellent defender right…….and he can shoot,does that mean TA’s outta here.

  • lakershater13

    WTF!!!!! Picks keep going by and this i cannot understand!

  • lakershater13

    He is 6’2 maybe 6’3. Who is he defending? Kobe? Lebron? No. We have rondo to defend pgs.

  • I love Green

    He’s 6’3″ with a wingspan of 6’7″. So he’ll definitley be able to hold his own on the defensive end against SG.

  • I love Green

    He’s 6’3″ with a wingspan of 6’7″. So he’ll definitley be able to hold his own on the defensive end against SGs.

  • I love Green

    Hopefully we trade up this round to get a big man.

  • Jamie

    Not a fan of this pick. Much would have rather taken James Anderson. Anderson is 6’6″ and could step right in at the 2 guard and let Ray walk. There’s no way Bradley can play the 2 guard for a long period of time so we spent a 1st round pick on Rondo’s backup.

  • lakershater13

    Ok you let me know how he does with the shooting guards in the league. He has to play PG in the nba. Name me a 6’3 SG starting in the nba.

  • lakershater13

    Good news. Starting the second round we have Alabi, Whiteside and Jordan all still available. Bad news we dont pick until 52. DANNY where are you???

  • Buckets

    I’m guessing Nate is gone and Bradley is our House/Nate player, a SG and scorer who we try and make a PG.

    Look at it this way guys… I’d rather have him handle the ball than TA!!!

  • Shooter

    @lakershater He won’t be starting,he’ll be backing up Rondo and playing spot mins at the 2.

    Fuck this i hate this pick…..i don’t understand we’re willing to develop a pg but can’t wait to develop a big behind KG…..waste of a pick…….

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • lakershater13

    Its ok we get a back up point when perk is going into the season injured and allen could leave. Anderson could have started at SG if allen left. Orton or Whiteside could have started for perk until he returns. Plus we cannot really sign anyone so we need to sign some of our own free agents. I was expecting nate back.

  • I love Green

    Allen Iverson played his best at SG. He’s 6’0″.

  • I love Green

    I agree with you Shooter. Why try to develop a PG behind Rondo, when we have an aging KG, who can help develop Hassan Whiteside?

    I don’t understand trying to develop a PG when Rondo is our future.

  • I love Green

    Greatttttt. There goes Whiteside!

  • Shooter

    Aaaaand there goes Whiteside……….ARGH

  • lakershater13

    yes AI was a SG. Now name a great PG next to him that took the ball out of his hands? I dont care what people want to say. Stupid pick. We need a big.

    Kings needed a big. They trade to get Dalembert who is a great shot blocker and then they draft Whiteside to develope behind him.

    This is great.

  • Buckets

    Do you guys think we would of picked Eric Bledsoe if he was still on the board?

    He’s was higher rated player and a true PG.

  • lakershater13

    The only thing im hoping for is that stanley robinson is at 52. Not likely.

  • Shooter

    Drafting a pg doesn’t even make sense.

    Zach……say it ain’t so but Bradley is shooting 54% on free throws,how does that make sense? He’s a weak finisher at the rim,but he shoots reasonably well from 3 and spot ups.Ayee makes my head hurt

  • I love Green

    So I’ve lost all hope that we try to move up. Who’ll be around by then? Alabi? Jordan? I hope Danny knows we need somebody to step in for Perkins. KG can’t play Center, Big Baby can’t, and we have no one else.

  • Shooter

    I’m hoping we get S.Robinson at 52……………PLEASE

  • Zack

    Is this guy going to be Ray Rays understudy? He can spell Rondo for some time every game and learn to be a shooter?
    However, I would much rather have gotten Greivis Vasquez and I hate to say it but Whiteside looks like a project that could pay off big. Look at how skinny Dwight Howard was when he came into the league. Of course that is best case scenario for him.

  • Shooter

    Actually no we NEED a BIG ,Alabi……..

  • I love Green

    I want Alabi or Jordan. Very unlikely though unless we move up.

  • Buckets

    I’d love Alabi to fall to us.

  • lakershater13

    No way we get Alabi or Jordan at 52. So im hoping for robinson

  • Kieran

    Avery Bradley is almost exactly like Tony Allen. He has pretty much all the same strengths and weaknesses. He’ll probably be a project for a while just like TA. Or in other words, he’ll take some time to find some sort of a meaningful role. Defensively they both guard well. Offensively they are slightly different because Tony drives a little more, and Avery shoots more. They have the same athleticism. They’re both combo guards, if you want to call it that. It’s more that they lack complete skill in both guard positions. I watch college basketball nonstop and I’ve seen Avery Bradley play a lot, so I’m not just going off of what I’ve read or heard, etc. Pretty muchly, we just drafted either Tony’s replacement or his tag along little brother. I think we could’ve done much better than this, but we really never know until we actually see him play in the NBA.

  • lakershater13

    The starting center for the bucks got injured and they draft Jordan. Makes sense. We get a PG or an undersized SG. NICE!!! Alabi on the board at 46…. Getting closer

  • Kieran

    Yeah, I’d love to see Stanley Robinson be our pick at 52. I am kinda biased being a UConn fan, but his athleticism and ability is unbelievable. We could use a guy like him off the bench though. I honestly think he could do better in the NBA than he did in college.

  • lakershater13

    San Antonio picking 49. Alabi doesnt get past them.

  • lakershater13

    Robinson would be great next to rondo in transition! Plus it would give us a big defender on the wing.

  • I love Green

    Yeah the Spurs will take him.

  • I love Green

    I can’t see us getting Alabi or Robinson. Spurs will take one of them, and the Thunder will take the other.

  • Anthony

    Just curious how many people here would trade rondo and another crappy player for Chris Paul?

    So many questions for the Celts this summer. Who are the possible replacements for Doc if he leaves?

  • I love Green

    Mavs need a C or a PF. Can’t see them passing up Alabi.

  • Kieran

    Yeah, as much as we need a big man, i’d worry with Alibi. He hasn’t had as much experience with the game of basketball as most players and it shows in his game. He’s a lot like Thabeet (it pains me to say that). Stanley Robinson would be an excellent guy to throw in there with Rondo, and he can get up there and fight for boards. The Celtics also lack offensive explosiveness these days, so he’d be perfect.

  • I love Green

    Yeah that hurt.

  • lakershater13

    I think doc is going to look at what ainge gave him out of the draft and say forget this im out.

  • lakershater13

    Stanley is still on the board! Do we take him?

  • I love Green

    I have a large fear that we’re going to take Brian “over the back” Zoubek.

  • I love Green

    Or some random big man from Europe who we’ll never see.

  • lakershater13

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!! HARANGODY??????

  • lakershater13

    I quit!

  • I love Green

    Or Luke Harangody. One of the least athletic kids alive, and can’t defend for his life. He’ll be our new Scalabrine.

    Well that was a terribly dissapointing draft, when we had a chance to get James Anderson, Jordon Crawford, or Stanley Robinson.

  • Kieran

    This was a depressing night. Atleast we didn’t take Zoubek. Still not that happy with the picks though.

  • lakershater13

    We take the most undersized unathletic guy in the draft. Dude i didnt know we needed to replace scal.

  • Jay P

    Whats with the hate on Harangody, we just got a guy who averaged 20/10 out of the Big East at 52… uh, not too bad IMO.

    Can’t play D, but how many people have they said that about before they came to Cs who learned the system and were 100% better defenders?

  • I love Green

    I hate all players from Duke, and Harangody. We got Harangody.

  • Kieran

    Well, now it comes down to free agency. Let’s see if we step up our game up then.

  • lakershater13

    Our biggest issue this year was atlanta because they were so athletic. So we take a 6’7 PF?

  • lakershater13

    @Jay P are you serious? You like this guy?

  • I love Green

    @Jay P- He’s undersized, unathletic, can’t defend for shit, and is now going up against NBA players.

    SEE YA! I don’t think he makes our roster.

  • Kieran

    I just don’t think Harangody’s game will translate to the NBA. His play is too slow. He won’t physically dominate in the NBA. Forget 20/10.

  • I love Green

    Stanley is 6’8″ one of the most atheltic guys in the draft, pretty good shooter, great defender, and can rebound really well.

    We take Harangody over him.

  • I love Green

    He averaged 20/10 in college, in the NBA it’ll be 2/1.

  • Zain

    @Green

    Dude! The first thing I thought when we drafted him: The new Scalabrine.

    I LIKE Scalabrine (for what he is). Damn! Why Danny, WHY.

  • lakershater13

    I thought losing game 7 was bad. Celtics follow that up with HARANGODY! After the most athletic guy in the draft and the perfect guy to put next to rondo on a fast break falls to us.

    I dont know what feels worse. Losing game 7 or watching this draft.

  • Kieran

    I don’t even want to think about the draft anymore. Do you think Danny is really gonna try and keep Ray, and our core together? Or do you think he’s planning something and will blow it all up?

  • lakershater13

    I think in a year or 2 the 06-07 celtics will be back. Anyone coming out in the 2012 or 2013 draft? We could be looking at the lottery.

  • I love Green

    @Zain- I was looking at the top choices for us at C or PF. I saw Harangody and immediatly thought of him as a new Scal. I was just praying we wouldn’t take him.

  • Kieran

    I was so worried Stanley was gonna go to LA. I had a gut feeling. I’m so relieved!

  • lakershater13

    Dallas sells Alabi to toronto for a future second rounder and cash. Glad ainge already went to bed.

  • Kieran

    Oh great, Orlando! I spoke too soon.

  • lakershater13

    Great a super athletic freak gets put next to Howard. I hate life right now.

  • I love Green

    Wow Orlando now has the most athletic center, and one of the most athletic forwards.

  • lakershater13

    I think boston drafted luke to play against the lakers luke… this situation might be too bad to joke about.

  • I love Green

    You gotta think Danny was already thinking about big man free agents, who are proven, instead of taking a rookie.

  • lakershater13

    Who are we taking in free agency? We have the mid level and then we have to hope guys will sign for the league min. We didnt even pick up guys in the draft we could trade for people.

  • lakershater13

    They just said winners of the draft: Spurs for taking Anderson at 20.

  • Kieran

    Yeah, I’m really stumped why we made these picks. Like you said they aren’t even trade worthy. But I’m gonna worry about getting rest rather than what the heck the C’s were thinking tonight.

  • I love Green

    Last thursday, we lose game 7.

    This thursday, Danny forgets we need BIG men.

    Next thursday, Doc makes his decision about staying or going. Uh oh…

  • Shooter

    SHIT i don’t know what’s worse game 7 or this crap.

    HARAN-FUCKING-GODY…..forget 20/10 he’ll be more like 20 seconds on the floor and 10 minutes in the NBA.
    A 6-7-un-athletic PF,and Stanley Robinson is 6-8 the best athelete in the draft-Gerald Wallace anybody, so we go with the former.Does it get any worse than this or does Danny have something else up his sleeve.

    And Bradley shoots 54% from the line folks great one Danny another pg who can’t shoot…..oh but he defends…..oh but we need offense…..oh but Danny thinks we can get better defensively…..oh but Danny would……..forget it i’m out.
    How is this a good pick at 19……Bradley shoots 43% from the field and 37% from 3……that will halve in the NBA believe me.I don’t really like PER but his PER is a stinking 15 which is the default average,so tell me someone what did Doc and Danny see in this guy again….please don’t tell me defense or i’ll explode……….literally.

  • Adrian

    What is going on i thought we would pick Anderson, or D. James or a big man of athletic ability seeing how we got dominated on the boards. We have no offense from the bench at SG, and SF and C, what are we doing getting a PG whose worse than Rondo at shooting. We have the best defense why add more in exchange for offense. This is going downhill. I hope Danny has something planned because this is hard to believe right now. I think what happen was that everybody was praising him on how he spotted a gem in Rondo, and he felt he could do it again forgetting the needs of the Celtics. This is shocking but i think he has something planned. Like honestly that was the last position we needed.

  • Arthur

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-lRbAW3jVE

    i think we have another ron artest on our hands….

  • steve

    I thought Damion James for sure at 19 and then…lucky I went to bed before the Luke pick. I’ve seen several of his college games. Smart player but undersized even at the college level. He needs the ball a lot and seems to hate to pass it back out. Good rebounder in college but I don’t see that translating. Why??

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