What a game from Avery Bradley last night
against one of the worst teams in basketball! He’s made some big leaps this season, mostly because he has a new favorite thing: cutting to the basket when his defender ignores him to pay attention to a more dangerous player. This is a major step up from his old favorite things: bricking 8-foot jumpers and hiding from KG in the towel bin.
Below is the Avery Bradley cuteau par example: Jordan Crawford is on Bradley in the corner as Rondo brings the ball up. Three seconds later, Crawford appears to literally forget Bradley is even there and just casually turns his back on him. Bradley springs into action–PWING!–and bolts along the baseline to the hoop, where Rondo attends to him. Bradley cuts baseline all the time now, so Rondo (and often KG in the high post) are always looking for it.
The result of Bradley’s cutting (not that kind) (how sad would that be) and all the extra open looks at the basket is that he’s converting 64.8% of his shots at the rim. That’s seventh in the league among point guards, and higher than any season-long at-rim efficiency rate in the career of Rajon Rondo, a notoriously good finisher.
After the jump, two more “deep cuts” from Bradley last night.