With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
The Clippers are looking forward to good health in the new season, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the guard position. In addition to Milos Teodosic and Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley has often been forgotten as a pivotal piece of the Clippers’ puzzle in 2018-19.
Bradley came to the Clippers as part of the Blake Griffin trade with Tobias Harris. While Harris had the opportunity to showcase his skills and value, Bradley was quickly hampered by injury. He does serve a valuable purpose for head coach Doc Rivers.
In a Western Conference loaded with skilled guards, Bradley–who has developed a reputation for being one of the best defensive guards in the league–can team with Beverley to form a stifling duo out on the perimeter. Bradley can shoot three-pointers, too, making him a key 3-and-D player who can start or come off the bench.
When Bradley was a healthy member of the burgeoning Boston Celtics, Damian Lillard once said, “I told him he was the best perimeter defender in the league.”
That is lofty praise, and considering the Clippers will have to deal with the likes of the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, his presence is critical. He can also score, as he averaged 15 PPG with the Pistons in 40 appearances. Following the trade, he played in just six games before going down with an injury.
The eight-year veteran will be a welcome addition to the new-look Clippers.
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