LOOKING LIKE AN "OOPS!" ON AVERY BRADLEY?
posted at 4/13/2013 10:55 AM EDT
Disclaimer: I really love the work, attitude, and energy Bradley brings, and his pull up jumper could turn into a signature weapon.
That said, he looks still like he'll never, ever be an even adequate point guard in the sense that he'll ever be able to orchestrate an offense. Two assists a game is not a PG number.
To this moment he remains a delivery man, a guy who can get the ball over the timeline and to the top of the three-point arc. And then it all ends. What's left is:
1. take a dribble or two, pass to the high elbow and go to the corner or
2. attempt some sort of pick and roll action and nearly always fail to produce anything from it.
He dribbles at the same speed, the same cadence, can't change direction, and never seems to shake defenders in pick and roll no matter who they are, good, bad, or indifferent. He hasn't the vision to see what could happen next and on the rare occasions when he does see the play to be made, he lacks the deception, skill and precision to execute the pass.
The fact that he isn't making shots or finishing at the rim hasn't helped either.
And at the defensive end, it looks like the league may have figured him out as a great on-ball, pressure defender far from the basket, but not that great in the half-court (see Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams).
Is this too negative an assessment? Or is there hope still for him at the 2?