Avery Bradley draft profile

Avery Bradley (Texas, Freshman)
6'3, 180 lbs., SG, 19 years old

Avery Bradley came to Texas as a heralded scorer and did not disappoint.  His first year, he surprised many with his nonstop motor and his tenacious defense.  Actually, his offense was surprisingly inconsistent given his repuation, but overall he had a great season.

Offensively, Bradley shoots off of picks using his quick release.  He dominated games when his shot was falling, but he disappeared for long stretches when it wasn't.  The problem with Bradley is his limited ball handling ability, typically only using a couple dribbles before taking a pull up jumper.  He plays like a ball dominant shooting guard while likely shorter than his listed 6'3 height. 

He does not have the mindset or passing ability of a point guard, and is locked in as being a shooting guard.   He compounds his problems by showing little ability to go left.  In essence, NBA defenders will easily take away his strengths until he improves upon his play making, ball handling, and left hand.

Defensively, Bradley can really get after it.  Despite being undersized, his stays with opposing guards using his long wingspan and quickness.  He disrupts the passing lanes and can stop dribble penetration.  Unfortunately, in the NBA opposing shooting guards will be able to shoot over him despite his efforts.  Bradley would thrive next to a dominant ball handling shooting guard where he could defend opposing PGs and play off the ball as a shooter. 

How does his game translate to the NBA?

Right now, Bradley enters the draft with a lot of question marks.  While he possess some positive traits, athleticism, a great motor, and promise on both ends of the floor, he is limited right now due to his weaknesses.  NBA teams probably would have liked to see Bradley go back to school for another year so they'd have a better idea of what they're getting and see if he could improve his ball handling and point guard skills.

Even though Bradley had a promising season with the Longhorns, he did not show much of an overall game and is still somewhat of a mystery.  With his athleticism, he's the type of player who could improve his status in individual workouts.  One good thing about Bradley is desire to be better, so at least you do not have to worry about him working on his game.  

To me, his game resembles an off the bench, scoring, but undersized shooting guard.  I think he has high potential to be a bust based on his size if he does not expand his game.  He can be a player in the mold of a Shannon Brown if he can improve his handles or be paired with a Shooting Guard that handles the ball a lot.  He will be drafted from mid-first to late-first based on potential however.  

How does he fit with the Bulls?

Right now, I believe he is a bad fit next to Derrick Rose.  The Bulls do not need another undersized shooting guard, and even though he will put in effort, I feel the Bulls can address other needs before drafting Bradley.   If there were to get another pick in early second and he is still there, I would not mind drafting him.


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  • TOO SHORT!!!

    The Bulls have to add some size along with shooting in the backcourt.

    Bradley can't guard SG's, only PG's. That's not good.

  • I feel he may be a really good player but too much PArgo ish for me. If he had hieght then maybe we talk.

    I wonder if All big three of Anderson, Henry and George, Will the Bulls look at possible smaller guards like Warren and Bradley. Maybe we could trade them or maybe we just go big. We will see.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    There are too many good players to draft him here!

  • Ya i like Bradley as a player and i think he will end up being solid....but we need a big guard.

    Can we get some info on how the draft workout went with Anderson,Henry and George.....thats the real stuff i want to see. Who impressed!? Who did the best!?

  • In reply to Csharp:


    Based on the draft interviews from it sounds like Paul George impressed, Xavier Henry enjoyed the competition and James Anderson struggled with his shot.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    One thing is that Anderson is a good shooter in general and with plays set up for him can get his shot off quickly. I don't feel Henry will be able to do that well.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Thanks man....Im really liking some Paul George. He said he wants to play the SG and SF in the NBA....thats according to the sun times. I like his length and his ability to guard other teams SG's. Plus he can shoot a little bit. According to the interview with the Sun Times...he said he compares himself to a young Tracy McGrady. I like that...i like that alot lol

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I'm hoping we can find a way to get this guy. I doubt he will be there at 17 the way he is climbing.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Ya thats what im thinking too....this is one of the last times the Bulls will be getting a pick like this...In my opinion, i think the Bulls need to go after the guy they want...even if it means trading up. We have the pieces. If all of our targets are gone by #17, i wouldnt mind trading down for possibly New York's back to back 2nd rounders. You could then get 2 solid rotation players if you go that route. Did anyone see that Craig Brackins had a 40inch vertical!!?!?! lol

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