Summer of Crazy Contracts Part II: Avery Bradley


Bradley scored a huge payday thanks to the Boston Celtics. (I don't take credit for this photo)
Bradley scored a huge payday thanks to the Boston Celtics. (I don’t take credit for this photo)

Avery Bradley is the second youngster to hit the jackpot. While his contract isn’t going to be nearly the size of Kyrie Irving’s, Bradley still will have no reason to complain.

The Boston Celtics signed the fourth year guard to a four year, $32 million contract. That deal will average $8 million per year for a player, Bradley, who averaged 14.9 points-per-game and 3.8 rebounds-per-game.

In my eyes, they clearly overpaid for Bradley, who had a Player Efficiency Rating of 12.7, 2.3 BELOW the league average! Bradley is a lesser version of Kevin Martin, except his defense is better but his perimeter shooting is not as consistent over the course of his career. He doesn’t make his teammates better, and he clearly can’t be the best player on a really good team or even a second or third option on a really good team. At best, he is the fourth option on a good, not great, team.

He gets to the free-throw line 2.2 times per game, averages 1.1 assists-per-game and 1.1 steals-per-game. His field goal percentage is mediocre (43.8%), but his three-point percentage is solid (39.5%). But for being labeled a “defender”, his defensive rating is 109, ranking him 343rd in the entire league, or 304th if you want to say he is tied with all the players who also scored 109.

Plain and simple: the Celtics didn’t want to lose him, but they severely overpaid him. Indiana’s Lance Stephenson has a huge payday awaiting him.

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