|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 23, 2012 at 7:30 AM|
Over two weeks ago GeeZeeCeltics posted about Bradley being considered for Most Improved player. Most Improved Player - Where is Avery?
When you hear discussions about who should be the 2011-12 NBA MIP, you hear Kris Humphries being mentioned. Jeremy Lin. James Harden. Nikola Pekovic. Heck, Kevin Love. But why is Avery Bradley not there?
In the beginning of the season, Avery was completely lost on offense. Honestly, he was detrimental to the team. It was hard to watch through my fingers how Bradley bricked midrange shots so hard it seemed like he was trying to shatter the backboard. He was unable to run the team, even protect the ball at times. Zero confidence. Often stuffed at the rim. You name it. On defense, he was marvellous. On offense, he was a mess.
However, that's when the Cutter arrived.
There are two things that are behind the run the Celtics are on right now: it's KG's return to being a 20-10 guy and it's Avery's resurgence. I think that Rondo's assist streak is a product of this - these two are helping him help them. (Yeah, I've heard that before. Ubuntu, guys.) With KG, it has something to do with him just taking and making more shots. With Bradley, though, it's on a whole another level.
Weei's Paul Flannery must read this blog? Because he also did a column about Rondology.
The NBA gives out an award for “Most Improved Player,” and there’s no reason Bradley shouldn’t be at the top of the list. The problem with the award is the definition is rather nebulous.
Depending on one’s perspective, players like James Harden and Ryan Anderson could be considered for the honor in that they have gone from steady contributors to featured performers. Jeremy Lin is an obvious candidate. He went from one foot out of the league to magazine covers, but his rise had to do with opportunity as much as improvement. Then there’s Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic, who went from lumbering foul-prone oaf to menacing, and quite skilled, sidekick for Kevin Love.
Bradley’s rise is no less remarkable. He played only 162 undistinguished minutes last season as a rookie. He took 67 shots, missed 44 of them and scored almost half his points in a 20-point outburst on the season’s final day in a glorified exhibition against the Knicks. He had more turnovers (16) than assists (12) and a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 2.2.
I think Bradley should win this award. I don't think he will, but the case has been made for the kid. Lin seems to have a leg up even if he's been out for a long time now. I would even say most like Ryan Andereson. But isn't Bradely's rise more impressive? Because for one, Anderson played well last season. I hope the writers out there pick the right player.