Bradley is eligible to receive a long-term extension that could make him a cornerstone of the new-look Celtics, but could all be in jeopardy because the guard has struggled to consistently perform at a high level?
In his first three seasons with the Celtics, Bradley’s brilliance was clear. In the 2011-2012 season he hit open 3-pointers, found open shooters, and even gone off for 20 points or more six times. Additionally, he has consistently been able to run the floor, averaging 7.6 points, shooting 49.8 percent from the field, and hitting nearly 41 percent from 3-point range in limited play finding. He significantly dropped off in the 2012-2013, though. Bradley made only 40.2 percent of his shots from the field and sunk a disappointing 31.7 percent of 3-pointers.
The reason for the drop in his numbers was due to injuries. After suffering a dislocated shoulder in the 2012 playoffs, Bradley has been fighting through lingering shoulder problems in addition to a more recent rib injury.
With these injuries affecting Bradley’s play, some experts are wondering if Bradley can live up to his potential and is worth the risk—especially when the Celtics are in reconstruction mode.
If Bradley can continue to improve and stay healthy, he could play a major part in Boston’s future.