By the numbers: Bradley's unprecedented progress
By the numbers: Bradley's unprecedented progress as a Celtic
The improvement we have seen in Avery Bradley has been talked about and well documented this season.
Not only is he one of the most improved players this season, but the growth in his game has been unprecedented in the annals of Celtics history.
In his rookie season, he averaged just 1.7 points per game. Now, in his seventh season, he’s up to 18.3.
No player in franchise history who has played at least 370 games has had that big a spike in their scoring average to their seventh season who was averaging 18 or more points per game. He’s also on track to be the only player in franchise history to average 18 or more points per game after having averaged less than two points in a season in which they were a Celtic.
And that doesn’t even take into account what he has done on the boards for the Celtics this season. He’s currently the team’s top rebounder with 8.7 per game and is on track to become the first Boston guard to ever average more than eight rebounds per game.
Here are some other cool stats to track in tonight’s game in Detroit against the Pistons.
THOMAS ON THE RISE
We talk a lot about the season that Bradley is having, but his backcourt mate Isaiah Thomas is having a pretty special season as well.
In fact, he’s on track to have one of the greatest single seasons scoring in franchise history.
He is currently on pace to surpass the 2,000-point total this season which would make him only the 13th Celtic ever to do so.
Now averaging a career-high 26.4 points per game, Thomas is on pace to finish with more than 2,150 points scored which would give him the fifth-highest single season point total in franchise history. The franchise record-holder is John Havlicek who had 2,338 points scored during the 1970-1971 season.
Tobias Harris is the Detroit Pistons’ top scorer.
That’s the good news.
The bad is his 16.5 points per game average is dead-last in the NBA among players who lead their respective teams in scoring. Harris’ numbers have taken a noticeable dip lately.
In Detroit’s past eight games he has averaged 13.8 points after dropping 20.8 points in the Pistons’ first five games this season.
X-FACTOR: JON LEUER
His name was not among the most talked about this summer during free agency, but he has proven himself to be a valuable contributor to the Pistons this season.
Leuer ranks among the NBA’s top reserves in several categories such as minutes played (345, 4th in the NBA), rebounds (90, 2nd) and shooting (50.0 percent, 3rd among players with at least 100 field goal attempts).
And some of his best work as a pro has come against the Celtics. In five games against Boston, he has averaged 9.8 points per game which is his second-highest scoring average against an NBA team (Denver, 10.6 points per game).
ROZIER'S SHOT GETTING BETTER
Second-year guard Terry Rozier is finding the bottom of the net more lately. In his past five games, he has connected on 53.8 percent (7-for-13) of his 3-pointers after making just 37.5 percent (6-for-16) of his 3s in the first seven games.