Just recently the Boston Celtics traded away guard Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for Marcus Morris. Here’s what the loss of Bradley means for Beantown.
Anytime you lose your overall best defensive player and secondary scorer there aren’t many positives that can come along with it. While the Boston Celtics did have an active offseason adding Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, trading away, Avery Bradley was a mistake.
Bradley last year averaged 16.3 PPG 6.1 RPG and 1.3 SPG. All of the statistics mentioned ranked 2nd on the Celtics. Bradley also was very efficient shooting 46% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.
There is an argument that can be made that Bradley was the Celtics overall best player last season with his lockdown defensive talents combined with his ability to score the Basketball.
Also don’t forget about his clutch shot making.
So who did the Celtics receive for Bradley? A guy who is not nearly as effective as he is.
Marcus Morris is not a bad player nor is he a very good one. Morris last season averaged 14PPG and 5RPG while shooting a paltry 41% from the field. There is not one statistical category that Morris leads Bradley in other than free throw percentage. Suggesting that Morris is a bad player would be irresponsible, however, it’s fair to say that he is not the player that Avery Bradley is.
The fact that Boston had an overload of guards, and that Bradley is in a contract year is understandable. But Bradley is not the one that should have been traded.
Bradley could’ve served brilliantly as a role player on this years Boston team. The return on the trade for the guard should not have intrigued Danny Ainge that much to the point where he pulls the trigger. The Celtics need all the help they can get this year, considering this seems to be a season where the Cleveland Cavaliers becomes a beatable team for them.
The bottom line is, if Brad Stevens had the choice of Marcus Morris or Avery Bradley to play for his team in the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland, he would choose Bradley 10 out of 10 times which ultimately is what it’s about.
This is the year where the Celtics make a serious run at the NBA Finals, and Bradley increases their chances of making it significantly more than Marcus Morris does. Stay tuned to see how far this team goes, and how much they will miss Avery Bradley.