Ish Smith believes Avery Bradley’s offensive game is underrated
Throughout his seven-year NBA career so far, newly-acquired Detroit Pistons guard Avery Bradley has made a name for himself as one of the best on-ball defenders in the league today. His ability to limit the league’s top scorers has not gone unnoticed, as he was named to the All-Defensive Teams twice in the past four years.
However, according to his new teammate, Ish Smith, his offensive skills also deserve a lot of credit, and he believes it is an underrated facet of Bradley’s game. Smith also talked about how excited he is to have the opportunity to play alongside Bradley next season, as well as discussed, via an interview with the Detroit Free Press, what he can bring to the Pistons, especially now that they are already without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris.
The 26-year-old Texas product landed in Detroit following a trade earlier this month, as part of the moves the Boston Celtics had to make in order to make room for the signing of Gordon Hayward. Despite being considered as the anchor of their defense, they had to let go of Bradley, who has also become one of the crowd favorites in Beantown.
His arrival in the Pistons’ fold will give the team a highly-competitive hybrid guard that is not afraid to go against some of the best scorers in the league. Bradley’s ability to play the one and two spots will allow head coach Stan Van Gundy to field in more combinations, as he searches for his permanent rotation. That said, Smith’s comments make a lot of sense, and even if they lost some key pieces this summer, Bradley can more than fill some of the void left in their team.