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That brings us to Bradley.
Words cannot describe how much of a warrior this kid is, as the entire world saw his shoulder popping in and out like a Lego during the playoffs, and he kept shaking off the pain and throwing himself out there while still playing lockdown defense to boot.
Unfortunately, Bradley's shoulder popped out one time too many in the second round against the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was forced to miss Games 5, 6, and 7 of that series and the entire Eastern Conference Finals against Miami. He proceeded to undergo surgery on both shoulders in the offseason, and because of that, he is going to miss some time at the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign.
When Bradley returns, he is going to be an absolutely vital piece to the Celtics' title hopes.
As I noted before, you can make a serious argument that he is the game's best perimeter defender. He is simply outstanding on that side of the ball, making life a living hell for Wade during the regular season and perhaps handing him his most embarrassing highlight (or I guess I should call it a lowlight) of his career with this violent rejection.
What many people do not know about the 21-year-old Bradley is that he actually became a good three-point shooter this past season, as he shot the ball at a 40.7 percent clip from beyond the arc (he especially likes the corner three). Bradley also shot 49.8 percent from the floor overall in 2012, not to mention 79.5 percent from the free throw line.
And they said he couldn't shoot.
If Boston is going to win a championship this season, Bradley will have to be a big part of it.