The Boston Celtics, Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, and A Changing of the Guard
The Boston Celtics made a bold statement on draft night; they went against conventional wisdom and chose a point guard with the 19th pick.
This may turn out to be Danny Ainge's way of telling Paul Pierce that this is Rondo's team now.
Media pundits were all forecasting that Boston would either choose a shooting guard or a big man. They were taken by surprise with the Bradley pick especially when James Anderson was still on the board.
At 6'6", Anderson is a Ray Allen-type player in that he uses screens very well to get his shots. The Spurs were happy to take him with the 20th pick.
Bradley is 6'3" and like Rondo has a tremendous wing span and defensive tenacity that the Celtics crave and thrive on. At his introduction, Bradley's demeanor and answers to poignant questions showed he understood what he had to do.
Local media peppered Bradley with questions about his precipitous drop from No. 1-rated player last year to barely being in the conversation. He calmly acknowledged that he had a lot of work to do and that he would be a willing student under Rondo's tutelage.
He is also looking at ankle surgery which may put him behind the eight-ball next season. Therefore it is imperative that the Celtics look for a third guard or re-sign Tony Allen.
Though Luke Harangody was a solid player in the Big East, he was never projected to go beyond the second round.
Harangody may very well turn out to be this year’s Ryan Gomes; a player who showed a steady progression in his development throughout his collegiate career. He represents the type of player NBA teams tend to ignore for the athletic play of underclassman.
After observing him in his introduction to Celtic nation it was evident that he had a similar build to Paul Pierce. He doesn't have an athletic body, but he knows how to use his size to get his shot and create space.
I am not saying he is Paul Pierce, but with the lack of big bodies he can easily swing between the 3 and 4 position; something Glen Davis cannot do.
He has a legitimate three point shot and if he makes the team, the Celtics will have gotten a player who understands pressure and will help reduce Pierce's minutes in the regular season.
This may also pave the way for the Celtics to trade Davis for a big man. Davis still hasn't been able to give Boston a consistent presence and Harangody's body language belies a tough and rugged attitude with a better mindset.
Ainge's draft choices show that he is going to give Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett one more chance at getting Banner 18.
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