Who was the number 1 recruit coming outta highscool, do u think he would have pushed john wall for the #1 pick had he chosen a different school, a different coach and situation, where he was given the green light to make plays and take over the team like calipari did with wall?
He has chance to be a really good role player but john wall has a chance to be a star. That being said, I'm a fan oh avery bradley and don't love everything about John walls game.
If Avery can work on his athleticism and lead guard skills maybe his ceiling can be as a Russel Westbrook light. I even think OKC would be a really good fit for him. It will give a few seaons to grow before he needs to be counted on to produce and the big longhorn can put him under his wing and show him what hard work can do to your game. Not saying that he doesn't already work hard, but we have all heard that KD has crazy work ethic. My guys in DC say he is already working out twice a day.
I'm in the camp that thinks Avery Bradley is very underrated and will be a steal in this draft. In that case watch the Spurs draft him.
I definitely am warming up to Badley, who I'd never been a big fan of. I would've liked to see him return to Texas, but Coach Barnes underutilized him somewhat (he's not a great coach IMO). He is a great defender and can shoot the ball well, and he's quick so even though he's not a PG I wouldn't be shocked if a team drafted him and he succeeded in a George Hill type role. He's eerily similar to Hill, and Hill looks like a good player for SA in the future. I think Bradley can succeed if put in the right situation, where he won't have to be a pure PG and just does things in his role (shoot, defend, and make basic kick out passes).
I don't think that he's even close to the prospect Wall is, and I never came away thinking in HS that he was really a true top 3 recruit. I don't think he'd compete for the number 1 pick if given more chances than he got at Texas.
He was not the #1 recruit, ESPN said he was but they suck at recruiting, every other site had him at like #6.
After workouts i see him moving up into the top 10-12
He is the type of player athletic and skill wise that will shin in workouts.
He just game wise is not a PG.
He deferred to much last year, he should have been the man from day one and maybe
Barnes held him back like he said to Chad Ford.
I can see the Westbrook comparisons but Westbrook played point guard in high school at least.
Bradley has never been that, he played with Abdul Gaddy, then RIchardson and Joseph.
He doesn't have much experience running a team from that position.
I can see him developing into a Williams from the 76's on offense.
He is going to be great at pressuring the ball.
Whoever says this guy is not capable of playing PG is dreaming.How the hell would you know if Avery Bradley is capable of olaying PG or not. Where did you scout him and watch him trying to play PG. What level was that on. How do you know if his PG skills wont translate better on the NBA level. How do you kno what hes capable of?
The reason people say he cant play PG is because they were saying he is not mobile enough. They said his agillity and lateral quickness was sub par to NBA standards and said that his court vision is not good enough. Why cant he be a score first mentallity PG.
I wouldnt mind if the Raptors forget about all those Bigs (unless Whiteside is on the board) and just draft Bradley. Than next year draft Corey Joseph and Tristan Thompson 2 Canadians and Bradleys teamates at Findlay Prep. Also they play on Texas the program Bradley was at.
Coach Barnes did not underutilize Bradley. Barnes had another highly regarded recruit in Jordan Hamilton he had two amazing veterens in Damion James and Dexter Pittman. would taking the leadership role away from Damion James and Dexter Pittman be wise?Kentucky did it too Patterson but they had like 7 freshman come in that year.Texas did not have too do that theyre core was still in tact.When you say Barnes underutilized Bradleys game you are saying that Damion James shouldnt have had that role which simply is not true.Bradley wouldve gotten the role this upcoming year and that was the plan of Barnes..too keep Bradley so he could play with his Findlay Prep buddies
Damion James was a leader but Dexter Pittman? Did you see how he looked after the non-conference slate? Coach Barnes couldn't have done any worse than to let Bradley either play PG or give him more shots. Jordan Hamilton was Bradley's backup, and is a nice scorer but Bradley could've been given an opportunity to score more or show some PG skills. Texas struggled with PG play, and with PG being the position Bradley is projected to play and have the most upside to play at that level why not give him a chance to show whether or not he can display the PG skills you say he was never given the opportunity to show?
Because Avery Bradleys role was to gaurd the opposing teams top wing player which he did tremendously. If he and Hamilton were in at the same time Hamilton would be exposed by the opposing teams PG.
Rivals had it:
Bradley would guard the other team's PG if he and Hamilton played apart of the same lineup don't you think?
Thats the thing thou Bradley is the Nations top Wing defender and Barnes decided to use that to his advantage.All I know is that was the decision he obviously made and Barnes is a very good coach.Bradley was also suppose to stay so maybe he was thinking more about Bradleys development.Trying to teach him the intangibles and then pass him the torch.IDK but I do know he is going to be a solid pro, sort of like how Mayo's gamr did not translate for USC like it did for the pros.
Mayo's game didn't really have a negative effect on anything. Teams knew he wasn't a PG, and he benefited from having the ball in his hands all the time.
Bradley rarely was given opportunities to create like that. And yes, he was a great perimeter defender and if he would've guarded PG he still would've been defending on the perimeter. He could've easily defended PG's just as effectively as he defended SG's if Coach Barnes played him at PG.
Coach Barnes did a questionable job coaching this season. He played a rotation that was too big to develop any continuity within its particular lineups, he didn't give Bradley a chance at all to play PG despite that being his future position in the NBA and the fact that their PG play was garbage, and he didn't change the gameplan when Pittman became ineffective. He also didn't do a good juob of establishing how to disperse shots between his guys. There is no need to recruit all that talent if you don't know how to coach it correctly. Which he didn't. No way they should've lost in the 1st round and folded down the stretch with that much talent.