Avery Bradley played in only ten games for the Miami Heat this season. His fresh legs and energy could make a difference down the stretch in the second half. Known as an tenacious defender, he has little-known facts among his past accomplishments.
ONE OF THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL PROSPECTS
Wikipedia notes, “Bradley was ranked among the top high school basketball players in the class of 2009. ESPNU 100 rated him No. 1 nationally, and he was rated No. 4 by Rivals.com and No. 5 by Scout.com...After leading Findlay to the title, Bradley was named National High School Basketball Player of the Year by Parade Magazine. He played against the nation’s best high school players at the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Game and won the McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest.”
Bradley was accomplished dunker as a teenager.
Later as a member of the Boston Celtics he could still sky as seen in the second part of this video where he comes out of nowhere to make a dunk.
STARTED WITH PAUL PIERCE, ENDED WITH KELLY OLYNYK ON CELTICS
In his rookie season with the Celtics Bradley played alongside the likes of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Kendrick Perkins, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo. As they faded out of the scene Kelly Olynyk became his teammate in 2013, and later Jae Crowder in 2014. In total Bradley played four seasons with Olynyk, and three with Crowder.
REPUTATION AS A LOCKDOWN DEFENDER
Video clips show the intensely he brings defensively on every play.
Last season, as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bradley remained a stopper on defense.
HIS FIT ON OFFENSE REMAINS PROBLEMATIC
Over 11 seasons in the NBA he has an inauspicious OffRtg of 99. His career win shares of 15.8 on defense dwarf his total of 0.6 on offense. The classification of shooting guard seems like a misnomer for him.
Besides being threat to dunk on clueless defenders, Bradley does have some skill as 3-point sniper. A career 36.5% shooter from beyond the arc, he has thrived under coach Erik Spoelstra by making 42% of three-point attempts.
After a made three he has a signature gesture, “Avery Bradley is known for blowing a kiss and pointing to the sky after each made three-pointer, a tribute to his late mother.”
“Avery Bradley’s late mom always sacrificed. She worked 3 jobs at once & slept on a couch so her kids could have beds.”
The Heat have been dogs on defense lately. Bradley would just makes Miami more dangerous on that end down the stretch and during the playoffs.