In all honesty: I occasionally wake up at 4 a.m. with sweat dripping down my face after dreaming about trying to dribble the ball past halfcourt with Avery Bradley defending me.
If you know me, you know “in all honesty” can be loosely translated as “I’m about to make up some ******** in order to tell a bad joke.” But still, scoring and dribbling and trying to complete normal basketball functions with Bradley hounding you simply cannot be easy or at all enjoyable.
He’s tough enough as a defender that John Hollinger named him to his First Team All-Defense despite Bradley being completely out of Boston’s rotation earlier this season.My 2011-12 All-Defense team Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenterFirst team:
Avery Bradley, BostonFirst team:
Andre Iguodala, PhiladelphiaFirst team:
LeBron James, MiamiFirst team:
Kevin Garnett, BostonFirst team:
Tyson Chandler, New YorkSecond team:
Ricky Rubio, MinnesotaSecond team:
Tony Allen, MemphisSecond team:
Luol Deng, ChicagoSecond team:
Taj Gibson, ChicagoSecond team:
Dwight Howard, OrlandoThird team:
Mike Conley, MemphisThird team:
Ronnie Brewer, ChicagoThird team:
Grant Hill, PhoenixThird team:
Josh Smith, AtlantaThird team:
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City
Notably absent from the list: Rajon Rondo. Ahead of him are Ricky Rubio, who managed only 41 games before season-ending surgery, and Mike Conley, who’s surprisingly become quite good at basketball and perhaps even worthy of his contract.
I would speak more about Garnett’s impact on everything Boston does, but it’s obvious enough to smack observers in the face, so I assume you already know.
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