No longer an arc nemesis

April, 16, 2012
4/16/12
8:00
AM ET
Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesAll of a sudden, Avery Bradley can't miss from downtown.
Go back and read ESPN's 2010 NBA Draft Profile of Avery Bradley. Nearly two years after the Celtics snagged him with the 19th overall pick, and amidst his emergence as a starter, the scouting report seems pretty spot on.

Well, maybe except for only one of the two negatives listed: Lacks NBA 3-point range on his jumper.

Since Ray Allen was first sidelined by right ankle soreness in late March, Bradley has connected on 13 of 25 trifectas over the last 15 games (this after making just 1 of 12 to start the season). What's more, Bradley is 9 of 13 on triples over the past eight games since being reinserted into the starting lineup on April 5 (when Allen agreed to the bench role).

One night after making 3 of 4 shots from beyond the arc in New Jersey, Bradley canned 2 of 3 trifectas in Charlotte, including a clutch triple in transition with five minutes to go that ignited a little run to break apart what had been a four-point game.

The emergence of Bradley's 3-point shot is a testament to the work he's put in. While full-squad practices have been rare this season, not one has passed that hasn't ended with Bradley spending an extended period of time going around the arc (often shooting with teammate Sasha Pavlovic). Clearly all that extra time and effort has started to pay off.

Yes, Bradley can't do anything about the other negative on that 2010 scouting report ("undersized for his position"). But like his 3-point shot, he's proving that, with enough effort, he can overcome any negative someone lists about his game.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

PODCASTS

Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney and Keith Law talk about the Tigers' acquisition of Joakim Soria and whether it's wise to trade within the division. Plus, Matt Gelb on the Phillies' plans.

Baseball Tonight

Buster Olney talks to Marc Topkin about the Rays' plans with David Price. Plus, Jayson Stark on Price and the rest of the trade market as the trading deadline looms over MLB.

Tom Brady, Patriots

Patriots QB Tom Brady talks about donating to The V Foundation for Cancer Research and more.

Joe Buck, MLB

FOX's Joe Buck discusses his memories of Derek Jeter, Jeter's final season, the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox and the rosters for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.

Brian Windhorst, NBA

ESPN NBA Insider Brian Windhorst weighs in on the Heat's reaction to LeBron James' departure, James' mindset regarding free agency, whether the Cavaliers should pursue Kevin Love and more.

TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jeff Green
PTS AST STL MIN
16.9 1.7 0.7 34.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsR. Rondo 9.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.3
BlocksB. Bass 0.9