Avery Antonio Bradley Jr. is an American professional basketball player and a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. Although his build is more of a quintessential point guard, Bradley plays shooting guard position. What Bradley lacks in size, he makes it up in quickness, strength and tenacity making him one of the elite perimeter defenders in the league. In an era of point guards, Bradley’s intense and energetic defence makes him a valuable asset on any team.
As a high school player, Bradley was ranked as one of the top high school basketball players in the class of 2009. Bradley led Findlay College Prep to the National High School Basketball championship and was named National High School Basketball Player of the Year by Parade Magazine for this achievement. He also participated in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game and won the 2009 McDonald's High School All-American Dunk Contest. Bradley attended the University of Texas at Austin. As a freshman in 2009–10, Bradley averaged 11.6 points per game for the Longhorns and established himself as one of the top defensive guards in the country. He also earned the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and All-Big 12 Honourable Mention honours.
Bradley was selected as the 19th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Even after going through a series of injuries right from the start of his career, Bradley’s numbers kept on increasing with each season. Although Bradley’s playing minutes were largely due to the injuries to Boston’s starting shooting guards, he started to cement his place into the team capitalizing on whatever opportunities he got.
Improving significantly in both offense and defence, Bradley became an increasingly important member of the Celtics. With his playing time steadily increasing over his time with the team Bradley enjoyed his most effective offensive season in 2016-2017 averaging 16.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists all the while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range.
To create space for Gordon Hayward as well to increase the size of their perimeter defenders, the Boston Celtics traded Bradley and 2019 second-round draft pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Marcus Morris. Midway through the 2017-2018 season, Bradley, along was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. He re-signed with the Clippers this off-season.