Avery Bradley has played just 33 regular season games this season. Yet it can be argued his defensive impact in that timespan make him a candidate for the NBA’s all-defensive team at the very least. We’ve covered the effect at CelticsHub he has had in helping to re-shape and improve Boston’s 3-point defense over the past couple months, but his ability to create ball pressure and turnovers is where he shines even more.
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com ran with that knowledge and created a fun list, which he called the rip list. Remember these are all of Bradley’s victims in just 33 games this season. Imagine what he could do with a full 82.
Introducing the Rip List.
Jason Kidd, Goran Dragic, Greivis Vasquez, Jimmer Fredette, Ty Lawson, Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Nate Robinson, Damian Lillard, Earl Watson, Jarret Jack, Jeff Teague, Russell Westbrook, and Kyle Lowry.
It’s an impressive index of NBA playmakers who all have one common thread: They’ve been picked clean by Celtics guard Avery Bradley this season.
And if you don’t mind a little clutter to your on-court pickpockets, you can add Josh Smith, Luis Scola, Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Jimmy Butler, James Harden, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers to that list. Kobe Bryant got baited into a turnover, while Steph Curry managed to escape a mugging with his lunch money — barely.
In 33 games this season, Bradley has produced 41 steals. Those 1.2 swipes per contest won’t put him among the league leaders, but it’s how he generates his thefts: hounding or baiting some of the league’s top ball-handlers — often before the midcourt stripe — and picking them clean for easy transition buckets.
To check out the full piece by Forsberg CLICK HERE.