What Avery Bradley represents to the Boston Celtics is just as important as his on-court contributions. After two years of answering questions about Boston’s future beyond the Big Three era, the 21-year-old Bradley represents the future of the Celtics.
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce remain the heart and soul of the Celtics, but this is clearly Rajon Rondo’s team now; and Danny Ainge retooled Boston’s roster during the offseason to make sure the Celtics take full advantage of Rondo’s prime years
Along with Bradley, the Celtics have a core of young players including Jeff Green (25 years old), Courtney Lee (26), Brandon Bass (27) and rookies Jared Sullinger (20), Fab Melo (22) and Kris Joseph (23), that should prevent Boston from falling out of playoff contention once Garnett and Pierce are no longer in the picture.
Bradley, in particular, is a quiet, reserved player who is not constantly thinking about his next shot attempt. He will have no problem ceding leadership responsibilities to Rondo to placate the temperamental point guard.
There’s no reason to believe that Rondo and Bradley won’t spend the next four years or more being one of the NBA’s best defensive backcourts.