This past season, Avery Bradley was a revelation for the Boston Celtics. The guard out of Texas showed flashes of the brilliance that scouts had long gushed over.
Many scouts believed that Bradley should have stayed for more than one year at Texas, where he started in 34 games and averaged 11.6 points per game.
He was not drafted earlier than 19th, where the Celtics scooped him up, likely for two reasons.
For one, he is undersized at the shooting guard position at 6'2'', which is a huge size disadvantage against some of the bigger 2's in the league.
NBA executives have been drafting bigger shooting guards over the past few years, with many of them eclipsing at least 6'4''. Look at James Harden (6'5''), DeMar DeRozan (6'7'') and Bradley Beal (6'5'').
Secondly, his offensive capabilities really were limited out of college. He struggled creating his own shot in college and was not a good isolation player.
Luckily for him, Bradley found the perfect situation in the Boston Celtics because he does not need to be a scorer. His potential is through the roof, especially as long as Rajon Rondo is the point guard in Boston.
The question begs to be asked for a player so young: Can Avery Bradley become a perennial All-Star player?
At first glance, I would say no. To be voted or chosen to be an All-Star year after year as a shooting guard, you need to be able to score the ball at will.
In some ways, Bradley is hurt because he plays in such a balanced offense, where he is not asked to put up 18-20 points per game.
Even so, when he played 32.9 minutes per game in April, Bradley averaged 15.1 points. He has the potential to score the basketball, especially when given the minutes to do so.
Bradley will be able to develop his game over the next two years, as he finishes out his rookie contract in 2014. By that time, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will either be in the tail ends of their careers or might even be retired.
Before we jump to conclusions on Bradley's scoring potential, it is definitely prudent to wait to see the improvements he makes in his first full season as a starter.
He has the ability and the players around him to be a perennial All-Star. The question is whether he will put all the pieces together.
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