Avery Bradley

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Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley Texas Longhorns.jpg
Bradley with the Texas Longhorns in 2010
No. 0 – Boston Celtics
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-11-26) November 26, 1990 (age 24)
Tacoma, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Bellarmine Prep
(Tacoma, Washington)
Findlay College Prep
(Henderson, Nevada)
College Texas (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–present Boston Celtics
2011 Maine Red Claws (D-League)
2011 Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Avery Antonio Bradley, Jr. (born November 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball guard with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Texas before being drafted 19th overall by the Celtics in the 2010 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Bradley was born on November 26, 1990 in Tacoma, Washington to Alicia Jones-Bradley and Avery Bradley, Sr. He has two older brothers and one older sister. After Bradley's parents divorced in 2001, he lived with his mother but maintained a strong relationship with his father, whose 22-year military career took him all over the country.[1] He became a Texas fan when his family lived in Arlington, Texas from 2001 to 2004. He and his family moved back to Tacoma in the summer of 2004 prior to his eighth grade year.[2]

High school career[edit]

Bradley was ranked as one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2009. He was rated #1 in the ESPNU100,[3] #4 by Rivals.com,[4] and #5 by Scout.com.[5] Bradley led Findlay College Prep to the National High School Basketball championship against Oak Hill Academy, and won 56–53. He played in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game and won the 2009 McDonald's High School All-American Dunk Contest. Before transferring to Findlay Prep for his senior season, Bradley was a three-year starter at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, and along with University of Washington recruit Abdul Gaddy, led Bellarmine Prep to the Class 4A state semi-finals with a 25-4 mark as a junior.[6] Bradley was considered to be one of the best upcoming NBA players in the league.

College career[edit]

Bradley attended the University of Texas at Austin.[6] Bradley found the Texas Longhorns basketball program appealing in part because he had spent parts of his childhood in Arlington, where he became a fan of T. J. Ford.[7]

As a freshman in 2009–10, Bradley averaged 11.6 points for the Longhorns and established himself as one of the top defensive guards in the country.[8] He subsequently earned Big 12 All-Rookie Team and All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.

In April 2010, Bradley declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[9]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Texas 34 32 29.5 .432 .375 .545 2.9 2.1 1.3 .5 11.6

Professional career[edit]

Boston Celtics (2010–present)[edit]

2010–11 season[edit]

Bradley was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. On July 2, 2010, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics.[10] The same day, he underwent successful ankle surgery and subsequently missed the 2010 NBA Summer League.[11]

On January 14, 2011, Bradley was assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League and on the same day made his debut game for the team, playing 21 minutes and scoring 11 points.[12] Following a spinal cord injury to Marquis Daniels during a game against the Orlando Magic on February 6, 2011, Bradley was recalled by the Boston Celtics on February 7, and joined the team for the game against the Charlotte Bobcats.[13]

On June 30, 2011, the Celtics exercised their third-year team option on Bradley's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2012–13 season.[14]

2011–12 season[edit]

In October 2011, Bradley signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Premier League for the duration of the NBA lockout.[15] He played three games with the team, averaging 13.7 points per game.

During the 2011–12 NBA season, Bradley enjoyed much more playing time and was promoted to a starting role following an injury to Ray Allen. Bradley's scoring output increased significantly during the season, and he managed a career high 28 points against the Atlanta Hawks on April 20, 2012. He also received praise for his tremendous hustle and defense, including memorable blocks on Dwyane Wade and Russell Westbrook, among others. However, Bradley suffered a dislocated shoulder during the 2012 NBA Playoffs. This injury, which led to season-ending surgery, was a significant setback to the Celtics, who lost in seven games to the Miami Heat in the Conference Finals.

2012–13 season[edit]

On October 30, 2012, the Celtics exercised their fourth-year team option on Bradley's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2013–14 season.[16] With Bradley still sidelined for the beginning of the 2012–13 NBA season, the ageing Celtics struggled with the duo of Courtney Lee and Jason Terry receiving the majority of minutes at shooting guard. On January 2, 2013, Bradley returned to action against the Memphis Grizzlies, regaining his spot as the starting shooting guard and providing a significant boost to the team, evident by their winning six out of Bradley's first seven games back. However, the season was ultimately a disappointment for both Bradley and the Celtics. Although he led the league in fewest points per play allowed on defense, at 0.697,[17] he struggled offensively, shooting just 40.2% and managing 15 or more points just five times in 50 regular season games. The Celtics lost any realistic chance of contention when point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a torn ACL on January 27,[18] leaving them without their most dynamic player. After falling behind three games to none against the New York Knicks in the first round of the playoffs, Boston mounted a furious comeback, winning two games and narrowly losing Game 6. Bradley, whose play in the series had mirrored the ineffectiveness of the team, provided a gutsy effort at the end of the game, making all four of his shots and stealing the ball three times in the last ten minutes.[17] The Celtics entered the offseason with an eye toward the future and Bradley a vital part of their plans to rebuild a contender.

2013–14 season[edit]

The Celtics declined to sign Bradley to a contract extension before the October 31, 2013 deadline, allowing him to become a restricted free agent in 2014.[19] However, new Celtics coach Brad Stevens professed his trust in Bradley, who, in the absence of the injured Rondo, began the 2013–14 NBA season as the team's starting point guard. Bradley's time at point guard lasted just four disappointing games; he had more turnovers than assists, and the Celtics lost all four times.[20] In an effort to turn the team around, Stevens named Jordan Crawford the new point guard, allowing Bradley to move to his natural shooting guard. The move worked brilliantly, as the Celtics immediately went on a four-game winning streak and the more comfortable Bradley settled nicely into his role on the team.[21] Although the Celtics' lack of talent and experience began to show itself as the season went along, particularly with Rondo still out, Bradley was a rare bright spot, increasing his scoring average every month through January. He was especially effective in December, shooting a fantastic 50% on three-pointers and making 48.7% of his shots overall.[20] Unfortunately, on January 21, in just the third game all season that Rondo was active, Bradley sprained his right ankle[22] and ended up missing five contests. Shortly after returning, on February 5, he re-sprained the same ankle. Determined to be cautious, Stevens still had not set a return date for Bradley as the Celtics headed into the All-Star break more than a week later.[23]

Bradley ultimately returned to action on March 14. In his fourth game back, a win over the Miami Heat, he connected on a career high six three-pointers as part of a 23-point effort,[24] then followed it up with 28 points, matching his career high, the next game.[25] When healthy, Bradley played significant minutes and played effectively in the final stretch of the season, scoring at least 18 points in the team's last five games.[20] Bradley shouldered a higher percentage of the offensive workload for Celtics in 2013–14, and he responded by greatly improving his shooting from the previous season. In a rebuilding year for the team, one that saw them win only 25 games, Bradley stood out as one of their few consistent performers.

2014–15 season[edit]

With Bradley set to become a restricted free agent in July 2014, the Celtics needed to extend a qualifying offer of $3.6 million in order to be able to match any contract offered by another team. They did so June 30.[26] On July 15, Bradley re-signed with the Celtics[27] to a four-year, $32 million contract.[28][29] Although the Celtics had high hopes for their backcourt pairing of Bradley and Rajon Rondo, both now healthy, they were soon dealt a setback when Rondo broke his hand a month before the 2014–15 season.[30] Although the team planned to be cautious with Rondo's injury, Brad Stevens stressed that Bradley would stay at shooting guard even with Rondo out, and a mix of rookie Marcus Smart, second-year guard Phil Pressey and new acquisition Evan Turner would play point guard.[31]

Despite the concerns, Rondo ultimately surprised many by being ready for opening night. The Celtics, however, struggled to a 4-11 start. Bradley continued to play harassing defense and scored in double digits in 13 of the team's first 15 games,[32] including a career high 32 points in the 113-118 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[33]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Boston 31 0 5.2 .343 .000 .500 .5 .4 .3 .0 1.7
2011–12 Boston 64 28 21.4 .498 .407 .795 1.8 1.4 .7 .2 7.6
2012–13 Boston 50 50 28.7 .402 .317 .755 2.2 2.1 1.3 .4 9.2
2013–14 Boston 60 58 30.9 .438 .395 .804 3.8 1.4 1.1 .2 14.9
Career 205 136 23.5 .438 .366 .777 2.3 1.4 .9 .2 9.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 Boston 10 10 24.8 .368 .227 .667 2.0 .8 .8 .6 6.7
2013 Boston 6 6 31.8 .405 .250 1.000 2.2 1.3 1.8 .2 6.7
Career 16 16 27.4 .382 .233 .727 2.1 1.0 1.2 .4 6.7

Personal[edit]

Bradley and his girlfriend have a son, Avery Bradley III, who was born just two weeks after Bradley's mother passed away, in September 2013.[34] He began hosting a basketball camp, the Avery Bradley Skills Academy, for Boston-area children in the summer of 2014.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bradley already is well-connected
  2. ^ "Avery Bradley Stats, Video, Bio, Profile". NBA.com. Retrieved December 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ Avery Bradley – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles – ESPN
  4. ^ AVERY BRADLEY – Yahoo
  5. ^ Avery Bradley Player Profile News
  6. ^ a b AVERY BRADLEY - 2009-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL
  7. ^ Hairopoulos, Kate (December 18, 2009). "Freshman Avery Bradley is fulfilling a childhood dream with spot on Texas Longhorns, big game in Arlington" (PDF). Dallas Morning News. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ Texas freshman to test NBA waters
  9. ^ Texas' Avery Bradley Declares For NBA Draft, Won't Sign With Agent
  10. ^ Bradley taken No. 19 overall in draft
  11. ^ Bradley signs, has surgery
  12. ^ Bradley assigned to D-League
  13. ^ Avery Bradley recalled from D-League
  14. ^ Celtics Exercise Contract Option on Avery Bradley for 2012-13 Season
  15. ^ Bradley signs to play in Israel
  16. ^ Celtics Exercise Fourth-Year Option on Guard Avery Bradley
  17. ^ a b Avery Bradley's sudden redemption
  18. ^ Celtics' Rajon Rondo has torn ACL
  19. ^ "Avery Bradley, Celtics fail to work out extension - Bradley will become restricted free agent next summer". CelticsLife.com. November 1, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c "Avery Bradley 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ Robb, Brian (December 31, 2013). "Robb: Avery Bradley Progressing Into One Of NBA’s Most Well-Rounded Guards". cbslocal.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ Holmes, Baxter (January 22, 2014). "Avery Bradley out early with injured ankle". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ Washburn, Gary (February 13, 2014). "Celtics’ Avery Bradley out indefinitely with ankle injury". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  24. ^ Notebook: Celtics 101, Heat 96
  25. ^ Bradley's career high can't keep Celtics from road loss to Nets
  26. ^ Celtics Extend Qualifying Offer To Restricted Free Agent Avery Bradley
  27. ^ Celtics Re-Sign Avery Bradley
  28. ^ Avery Bradley to stay with Celtics
  29. ^ Celtics Agree To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Avery Bradley
  30. ^ Rajon Rondo describes breaking hand
  31. ^ In pointed decision, Avery Bradley now a shooting guard
  32. ^ Avery Bradley 2014-15 Game Log
  33. ^ Parsons, Mavs hold on to beat Celtics 118-113
  34. ^ Avery Bradley, celebrating birth of child, not likely to receive contract extension from Boston Celtics; coach Brad Stevens still expects Bradley to play major role
  35. ^ Bradley goes camping; Cowens camps also signing up campers

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