Pick 19: The Celtics are up next, and the panel are discussing everything they can think of Celtics related. Stu Scott prefixes this debate by asking Jeff Van Gundy which way he leans, which is funny if you're six. Meanwhile, Jon Barry is catering to his own strengths, and has reverted to form by pointing out really obvious things about old NBA players. Did you know that Kevin Garnett will never be as good as he used to be? Jon Barry does.
As Bilas talks over David Stern's announcement of the pick, the Celtics select Avery Bradley from Texas. The fact that Bradley is best as a point guard and yet averaged 2 assists per game is less than ideal; however, it's still a good pick. Bradley is a legitimate defensive player, even of those both quicker and bigger than him, and is somewhat Kirk Hinrich-like in that regard. His set shot is also good for a player of his age, and has developed quickly. He can't really do a whole lot off the dribble, nor create in the half court, but on a team with Paul Pierce, this should be fine.
That said, I do have one question: does anyone need both Avery Bradley and Tony Allen?
Bradley's highlight montage shows him playing stifling defense on Arkansas's Courtney Fortson. Fortson, too, is in this draft, yet he is destined to go undrafted. Would you draft a 5'11 point guard who shot 35% from the field and committed 5.1 turnovers per game? I probably would not. But he's unrelentingly confident, as evident by the fact that he's in the draft. So he's got that going for him.
Bradley's 'Must Improve' caption claims that he must improve his "shooting." If you respect my opinion at any point, trust me when I say to you that Jay Bilas is more right than the caption guy. Stu Scott then tells a story about how Bradley learnt "time management" from Kevin Durant, which begs the question of why you never see "time management" on a draftee's Must-Improve caption.
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