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Avery Bradley

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After the last two seasons as a journeyman, many NBA fans will be asking: Who does Avery Bradley play for? After spending time with the Detroit Pistons and the LA Clippers in the 2017-2018 season, he played for the LA Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2018-2019 season. He is now officially an LA Laker for the 2019-2020 season.

Avery Bradley’s position belies his size. He isn’t perhaps as tall as other guards, but he more than makes his mark on defense. He has played as both shooting guard and point guard in his career. His main position is that of shooting guard.

The LA Lakers head coach Frank Vogel is known for having a strong defensive setup. Bradley might be the perfect addition to the Lakers roster this season. He was in the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2016 and will be hoping to get another inclusion this season.

Injuries have blighted Avery Bradley’s career. He had three serious injuries before the age of 23 and as such has only managed more than 70 games in a season twice in his career. Lakers fans will be hoping that all Avery Bradley news is good news this season and that he can remain injury-free. He might end up being an astute signing, and one that helps to break the Lakers NBA Playoff drought.

Early career

Avery Bradley’s career began with a tremendous amount of promise. His high school performances gave him a nationwide reputation as one of the top high school prospects of 2009.

Born in Tacoma, Washington on 26 November 2016, Avery Bradley attended Bellarmine Preparatory School before transferring to Findlay College Preparatory for his senior year. Bradley won the National High School Championship with Findlay College Preparatory, being named the National High School Basketball Player of the Year by Parade Magazine. ESPN rated him as the top high school basketball player in the US in 2016.

Bradley garnered attention from colleges across the US. In the end, he decided to attend the University of Texas in Austin. Bradley would be a one-and-done with the Texas Longhorns, playing his freshman year for 2009-2010 before declaring himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft.

In 34 games for the Texas Longhorns, Bradley averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. This form earned him an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and selection in the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.

Bradley entered the 2010 NBA Draft with a great reputation.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics made Avery Bradley NBA draft pick number 19 in the 2010 NBA Draft. Bradely would enjoy seven years with the Celtics from 2010 to 2017. Unfortunately, much of his early career was blighted by injuries.

Bradley signed a rookie contract on 2 July 2010. Bradley immediately underwent ankle surgery. During the 2010-2011 season, he spent time with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA G League. Here he averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3 steals per game. His record for the Celtics was not as impressive, although he did have significantly fewer minutes per game. For the Celtics, he averaged 1.7 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals per game.

Over the next season, Bradley gradually established himself as a starter. By the 2012-2013 season, he was a starter when he wasn’t injured up until the 2016-2017 season. He would gradually improve his stats along the way. In his final season with the Celtics, he averaged 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.2 steals. This included being selected for the NBA All-Defensive First Team 2016 and NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2013.

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Celtic fans had hoped that Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley would bring home another championship ring. Injuries to both players at crucial times would ultimately frustrate the team’s aspirations. The two players are reunited at the LA Lakers for the 2019-2020 season, and Lakers fans will hope that they have better luck with the players.

Detroit Pistons

On 7 July 2017, Avery Bradley was traded to the Detroit Pistons. The Avery Bradley trade was an attempt by the Celtics to make space for Gordon Hayward. Bradley continued his good form with the Pistons. He averaged 15 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

The 2017-2018 season would also be the start of two seasons of journeying.

Los Angeles Clippers

On 29 January 2018, Bradley was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He would only manage six games with the Clippers for the remainder of the 2017-2018 season. On 13 March 2018, he underwent surgery for his adductor and rectus abdominis muscles.

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In the 2018-2019 season, Bradley played 49 games for the Clippers. He averaged 8.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

Memphis Grizzlies

On 7 February 2019, Bradley was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. In 14 games with the Grizzlies, Bradley showed a return to form. He averaged 16.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2 assists and 0.6 steals per game. Despite this, the Grizzlies waived Bradley on 6 July 2019.

Los Angeles Lakers

While the Lakers’ news reports will have been mainly focused on the trade for Anthony Davis, a potentially significant signing was made when Bradley joined the Lakers. With Lonzo Ball being traded away by the Lakers, Avery Bradley could be the ideal replacement. His defensive abilities should gel with head coach Frank Vogel’s tactics and his experience could make the difference towards the end of the season.

If he remains fit, Avery Bradley’s Lakers debut may come early in the Lakers schedule. If he can form a partnership with his former Boston Celtics teammate Rojan Rondo, the Lakers could indeed have added the final cog to their machine this season. To stay up to date with Bradley’s progress, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Avery Bradley’s stats perhaps don’t paint the full picture of his ability. They do show his injury problems over the years. In his NBA career to date, Bradley averages 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1 steal per game. With a strong run in the team, Bradley has shown that he has the ability to be one of the best players in the NBA.

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