Re: Bradley is better than Rondo
posted at 2/29/2012 2:43 PM EST
I've seen this "Bradley is better than Rondo" stuff for a while now and it's wildly simplistic. Kirk6 you want to there? Let's break it down then.
I will agree with you that in the long run, Bradley has the potential to be a better NBA player than Rondo. But he has more challenges as well.
Bradley is more of a combo guard than a point guard. He can run an NBA offense for a few minutes off the bench but he doesn't have the ability to do that for longer periods, passing/running offense isn't his strength. He needs to be a better shooter also but let's assume he'll get there as he has a more natural stroke than Rondo.
So, make him a two guard then - nope. He's too small to play 2 guard in the NBA (Ainge loves to draft small guards for some reason). So Bradley must learn to run an offense effectively to be a starting guard in the NBA. Right now he's only able to come off the bench.
What abour Rondo then? Well, Rondo has all the abilities to play point guard in the NBA. Rondo is too small and too poor a shooter to be a 2 guard but he can play the point in the NBA. But wait, what about Rondo needs to be a better shooter and all that stuff? Well, yes, to be a truly elite point guard (top five or so) he needs a better jump shot, but to be an effective starting point guard for most NBA teams he already has the skill set now.
So, while in a playground setting Bradley might be the better player now, in terms of their NBA futures, Rondo clearly has an NBA future as a starting point guard whereas right now Bradely is working to solidify as a good backup point guard and being a starting point guard is something he still has to prove.
Kirk6 what I think you meant to say is "I like watching Bradley better than Rondo" and if that's true for you, then fine, but that doesn't mean he's a better NBA player at this juncture.