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insidehoops 03-01-2013 07:45 AM

On Avery Bradley and his defense
Bradley’s Celtics teammates call him “Pit Bull” because of his defensive tenacity. The nickname is earned because he latches onto opponents as soon as the ball is thrown in and then refuses to let go until some buzzer sounds. Scorers find him to be, shall we say, a pest...

Bradley is a defensive luxury, a one-man force who allows a stingy .0678 points per possession, which ranks in the 96th percentile among all NBA players, according to Synergy Sports data.

Opponents also shoot 30.9 percent against Bradley and turn the ball over 14.7 percent of the time, the data state.

“In my eyes, he’s probably the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA,” Pierce said. “I’d be very surprised if he didn’t make the All-Defensive Team.”

-- Boston Globe

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