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How important is Avery Bradley?
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:07:25 PM »

Offline ScoobyDoo

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1. When he was on the floor with KG, Pierce, Bass and Rondo last year, we were putting up some historic defensive numbers - particularly as long as KG and Rondo were there with him.

2. His bulldog mentality also has an emotional effect on the team - it's a little contagious.

3. Offensively, he was really starting to understand how to fit in, get his points off the break, slashing and occasional jumpers.

A) How much of an impact - once he's back in full swing - do you think Bradley will have?

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Bradley
Rondo

And B)

How much will Bradley's return impact the effectiveness of the second unit?

Milicic / Collins
Wilcox /Sullinger
Green 
Lee
Jet / Barbosa

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I don't know if he'll effect the second unit, but the team sorely misses what he brought last year.

Intense ball denial and perimeter defense, some possession creation via steals and forced turnovers, and efficient scoring chances via cuts to the rim and transition buckets (his shooting has been replaced adequately so far).

Lee hasn't been productive enough compared to what Avery brought last year.
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Best guard on the team outside rondo, we miss what he provided last season but there's no promise he will come back to that...at the very least he will bury Courtney lee on the bench

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« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 12:35:32 PM »

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Well we have  certainly seen a lack of good on ball D by the guards this year.  Rondo has played good d at times.  There have just been too much dribble penetration by opposing guards for our rotations to withstand.  Once AB comes back it should get better.  How much, who knows?  Rondo's D skills seem to match up better with AB's, with Avery providing the hard on ball pressure that slows down the other team from getting in their sets.  And RR playing the passing lanes and playing off AB.

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During that stretch in the latter stages of the regular season last year, I thought Avery Bradley was playing like a top 10 two guard.

Pivotal player for the Celtics. The extra weapon that takes them from quality playoff team to title contender.

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He's either a pivotal part of our franchise or an undersized Tony Allen that we'll be able to bring in off the bench to cause headaches for other undersized guards.

He showed some signs of being great, but he was also in the middle of a ridiculous shooting streak the last month of the regular season.  All-in-all, he only really got it done for a small chunk of games.  We are literally talking about less than 20 games.  That's about the same amount of games that Gerald Green had looked like a 20 point scorer in 2007.  Prior to those games, Bradley was a bench warmer... the year before that he was D-League fodder.  Shoulders are a perfectly valid excuse, but his playoff performance this year was pretty dismal.  As excited as I am about him, I have to keep reminding myself that it was the tail end of a lockout shortened season and he was shooting out of his mind.   Anyone who is sure how good this guy is has to be kidding themselves.  You can be no more certain of Bradley's superstardom than Kevin Seraphin. 

If Bradley actually has any trade value around the league... he might be most important in being one of the many pieces we use to land a quality big man.

Or maybe he's the future of the Celtics.  Dunno.  Can't wait to find out.

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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012, 01:37:16 PM »

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He's important but he isn't a savior for us. I still think he is fourth or fifth on our guard on the roster. Rondo, terry (even if he is horrid on defense), and lee are all miles better than Bradley. Me personally I put barbosa in front of him as well. Bradley is important but who knows how he will react to double shoulder surgery. Shoulders are like backs and ankles, once you hurt one they are never the same and are easily lingering with injuries. I'm just worried about the further log jam at guard position when Bradley comes back... Especially when our best lineup involves rondo, pierce, green, kg and either bass or Wilcox.

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During that stretch in the latter stages of the regular season last year, I thought Avery Bradley was playing like a top 10 two guard.

Pivotal player for the Celtics. The extra weapon that takes them from quality playoff team to title contender.

  I'd agree. If Bradley was healthy going into the playoffs last year the Celts would have had at least arguably the best starting backcourt in the playoffs.

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He's either a pivotal part of our franchise or an undersized Tony Allen that we'll be able to bring in off the bench to cause headaches for other undersized guards.


I think the hope is that he's part Tony Allen, part Jason Terry.  If that's the case, then we've got ourselves a real nice player. 
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I strongly believe he's the missing piece in the starting lineup.  Putting him in the starting lineup, along with moving Bass into the starting lineup and putting KG at center, absolutely kickstarted this team last season.
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When Bradley enters the game , it whole game starts to be played different on both sides of the ball.  At least that what I was seeing.

Bradley is like  turbo- boost to the Celtics....even the old guys catch a spark seeeing him work so hard.

So....if we have a healthy KG, PP, RONDO , WILCOX , BRadley, JET , Darko and BASS and a bucket load of luck we might be able to handle the HEAT by the end of the year .   

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For the regular season, we'll win a few more games with him than without him. 

For the post season, we have a puncher's chance without Bradley.  We're a threat for the championship with him.

For the near future, Bradley will be our most important guard after Rondo.
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Without an elite defense we're not a contender. Avery does so many things as a starter to maximize our defensive potential. Aside from his own impeccable man to man defense, he allows Rondo to roam and be disruptive an area where he excels, he helps our perimeter defense helping our bigs stay in position to rebound. He brings such tenacious energy on defense.

His speed, athleticism and defense combined with Rondo gives us one of the best backcourts in the league. And that's not even considering his fit on offense. I can't wait to see him come back and build on the chemistry he had with the starters last season.
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Unbelievably important. There isn't one statistical measurement that someone could point to that would sum it up, but when he's out there everything happens. The opponant's offense is affected, he helps force turnovers, his speed in transition helps Boston score easier off of those turnover, it appears that Rondo really likes playing alongside him, and his energy is so contagious that it raises the level of his teammates.

 

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