Avery Bradley is the best on-ball defender in basketball. It would be a shame if he didn't make one of the NBA's All-Defensive teams or even garner a vote or two for Defensive Player of the Year, given the especially open field this season.
Bradley makes perimeter defense (one of the most difficult aspects of NBA basketball) look simple.
His impact on that end has a trickle-down effect for the rest of the team, and his improved ability to hit a rolling big with a beautiful pocket pass is perhaps just as significant as Boston continues to fight its battles without Rajon Rondo on offense.
Bradley's ability as a scorer is a different story. He struggles to finish at or near the rim and is shooting 37.7 percent in the paint (including the restricted area), which is horrid.
The corner three ball and pull-up jumper off a high screen have been where he mostly thrives, but even there his percentages need to improve if he wants to become known for more than making opposing point guards uncomfortable.
Never the most efficient scorer in the game, Knicks point guard Ray Felton is making just 41.5 percent of his shots this season.
Despite an innate ability to penetrate and slice his way through defenses, Felton doesn't get to the free-throw line nearly as much as he should, with a career low 2.1 attempts per 36 minutes. Still, he's the unheralded straw that stirs New York's offense.
When he's on the court, the Knicks score 109.8 points per 100 possessions as opposed to 104.3 points per 100 possessions when he's off. (The 104.3 matches are what New York does without Carmelo Anthony, but New York's offense is slightly better with Felton on than with the Knicks' best player.)
When the two match up, Bradley's ability to slow Felton down (or whomever Doc Rivers chooses to have him guard) is the deciding factor in which player is better right now.
Edge: Celtics (slightly)