Avery Bradley just wants to improve, whether he does that in the Las Vegas, Boston, or somewhere overseas. With the NBA lockout potentially extending into the regular season, Bradley will give serious thought to playing in another country. Whatever is best for his development. (CSNNE)
Still, there’s no way to ignore the impact of not having an NBA season will have on younger players like Boston’s Avery Bradley.
Heading into this third season, Bradley is more concerned with being somewhere – anywhere – working on his game.
“If going overseas is going to be good for me, that’s what I’m going to do,” Bradley told Comcast SportsNet New England. “If I can improve my game overseas, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Bradley needs reps. He needs playing time. He needs to have the ball in his hands, running an offense, accruing experience that can only come from top-notch competition, rather than NBA garbage time.
But he also needs gym time to fill in the holes in his game. Bradley has all the physical tools of a successful point guard. Vertical leap? Check. Quickness? Check. Strength? Size? Check, Check. But right now, he has million dollar athleticism and five dollar skills.
Should Bradley sign overseas to get playing time? Stay in the States to work on his handle and jump shot? As long as he’s working hard and living in the gym, good things will happen. Based on all indications, Bradley is a humble, hungry young player who has nothing against hard work. He’ll get better.
But how much better will determine whether he has a role in Boston’s rotation next year and beyond.
P.S. – Bradley scored 14 points to go along with 5 assists in the Impact Basketball League yesterday. That would be phenomenal if Bradley did that in an NBA game, but then you hear about Josh Selby, who scored 42 points yesterday, or Kyle Lowry, who contributed 18 points and 20 assists, or Dahntay Jones, currently averaging 29 points per game, and you realize stats are easier to come by in summer league.
Jermaine O’Neal played limited minutes and added 6 points and 7 rebounds. I guess stats weren’t much easier to come by for him.