|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM|
I noticed fans were outraged yesterday when they found out Bradley finished 12th in voting for defensive player of the year honors. To be honest I'm not upset, and he should be there. He only played 50 games, and that didn't help his case,and if you look at this award in the past decade. It's a big mans award. I do see Bradley changing that trend but not this year. The players who finished higher then Bradley had bad records, except for the Bucks Larry Sanders. Another hit on Bradley? He didn't have the great personal stats(only 1.3 steals per game). What he did have on his side was the team defense. We know the Celtics improved greatly when he returned. They were a middle of the pack defense before Bradley walked through the doors. In his return the Celtics were either in the top 5, or 10 in most defensive categories.
Bradley is in his third year, and this will be a tool to motivate him, and he still has a chance on few All-NBA defensive teams to make this season, something that will help his resume. Bradley is a great defensive minded guy, and he's the best on the ball defender in the game, but he still lacks the total package on defense. He needs to take a page from Rondo's book. He needs to learn the art of gambling, and playing the passing lanes if he's off the ball. He's only in this third year, and just 22 years old. Bradley should be pleased with his progress, but not satisfied with where he's at.