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The NBA doesn’t have enough combo guards like Boston Celtics swingman Avery Bradley.

By Ben Golliver
September 12, 2016

The world simply needs more combo guards like Bradley. Offensively, Boston’s 6'2" shooting guard has developed into a solid floor-spacing spot-up shooter and has honed an opportunistic and crafty off-ball cutting game that keeps defenders honest. Defensively, Bradley is a tone-setter who can flip seamlessly between guard positions: his aggressive on-ball style, quick hands and tireless approach helped drive the Celtics to a top-five defensive efficiency rating. Even better, Bradley (15.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.1 APG) avoids most of the bad habits usually associated with combo guards: he doesn’t pound the air out of the ball, he doesn’t force plays that aren’t there and he is rarely exposed to defensive mismatches. Bradley, 25, has his faults—he’s not a natural distributor, he isn’t equipped to run an offense for long stretches and his lack of size prevents him from making a big impact on the glass, but he tends to err on the side of control. (Last year: Not ranked)

+ Made and attempted more threes last season (147 for 407) than he did his first four seasons combined.
+ One of four players among the top 20 in steals to register more steals than turnovers
Injury issues have been a recurring theme throughout his career
 His limitations make him reliant on his teammates to generate much of his offense

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