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Coach Stevens raves about Avery Bradley as point guard, as if he has other options

Sep 27, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

New Boston Celtics Head Coach Stevens smiles during a news conference at the Celtics training center in Waltham Reuters

We may not see Rajon Rondo on the court in Boston until you have started your Christmas shopping (your mother wants you to know she’s almost done right now).

Which means for the first couple months of the season new coach Brad Stevens is going to have to play Avery Bradley at the point, with rookie Phil Pressey behind him.

So, not shocking to see Stevens praising how Bradley looks at the point, as reported by the Boston Herald.

“I don’t think there is any doubt that Avery has elite ability in a lot of ways as a point guard,” Stevens said at TD Garden yesterday morning, where he was a guest at the breakfast to promote November’s Coaches vs. Cancer college basketball tripleheader. “He’s an elite defender at the position. He’s an elite athlete at the point guard position. I think he’s a guy that’s gotten better. I think he’s a guy with more confidence, and I think he’s excited about the challenge if Rajon is out….

“As I’ve watched it, I didn’t think the struggles (at the point last season) were as bad as they were made out to be. The other thing is he did that midstream. He had to make that adjustment within a system already created. Maybe we do things that fit him a bit better early that you can tweak when Rajon comes back. You know, Bradley is still going to play. He’s still going to play a lot. He’s going to play off the ball and with the ball.”

Bradley had a PER of 8.5 while at the point last season, according to 82games.com. That’s not good, but Stevens is correct that he was thrown into the position when Rondo went down. Plus, what he does defensively is a good counter.

Still, if you look at Bradley getting heavy minutes at the point, combined with all the other changes in Boston, and you see them struggling out of the gate, well, you’re not likely wrong.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Something tells me Pressey seizes this opportunity. I love AB but would rather have a true PG running the offense, even if he is a little Green.

    I’m here all day.

  2. onlyavoice - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    As soon as Rondo Is Healthy & Traded We Will Not Hear Much About The Celtics Again,
    Except For Everyone Calling For Ainge To Be Fired. (Which Is A Given)

    • money2long - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      with all the hate spewed toward the lakers direction within the past months, i actually forgot teams like the celtics had haters too.

    • haroldclark - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Dear “Only Avarice” — You sound so stupid in your reply, so uninformed about the ways of the NBA and how they construct rosters, offenses, and defensive schemes…well, you probably should be writing about professional water polo.

      Tell us, Avarice, how long can those polo ponies swim before sinking?

      And What’s This With Every Word Being Capitalized? Can’t You See It Only Highlights Your Stupid Comment, Draws Attention To Your Lack Of NBA Sophistication?

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