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Was Bradley worthy of a better finish in the voting for DPOY?

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.

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7 Comments

Reply GeeZeeCeltics
12:46 PM on April 25, 2013 
I do think he deserved better. ESPN pulled up a good stat of the Celtics defense pre- and post-Bradley's return. He impacts the entire defense. Probably not DPOY yet, but he deserved to be higher, I think.
Reply Celticslifer
1:37 PM on April 25, 2013 
I think if the Celtics didn't fall apart towards the end. Yes he should have sneaked in the top ten. His defense was great and the numbers were better,but the end result wasn't enough in the win column.
Reply C'slife
7:53 PM on April 25, 2013 
Im kind of split on this one. At least he can use this as motivation.
Reply paul
10:15 PM on April 25, 2013 
Rondo for DPOY next year, Bradley second!
Reply rcraig617
12:49 AM on April 26, 2013 
I'd have to see the whole list of 12 people to defiantly say. But if tony allen didn't get top 3 then i don't think bradley should be top 10 especially since he didn't play the first part of the season.
Reply paul
5:08 AM on April 26, 2013 
Tony Allen - good call.
Reply rcraig617
10:40 AM on April 26, 2013 
paul says...
Tony Allen - good call.

while we're speaking on him while watching that memphis game I couldn't help but think why didn't we keep him.