Utah Jazz rookie center Tony Bradley quietly working to realize potential
SALT LAKE CITY — Both by circumstance and also his seemingly conscious choice, Utah Jazz rookie center Tony Bradley has been a bit of an afterthought since entering the NBA in late June.
First there was draft night, as fans and pundits were still reacting to the Jazz’s acquisition of the 13th overall pick, Donovan Mitchell, when the team traded the 30th and 42nd selections to the Los Angeles Lakers for Bradley, the 28th pick who played just one season at North Carolina before declaring for the draft.
The scouting report on the 6-foot-10, 248-pounder pointed to his potential, but the consensus was that it might take him a considerable amount of time to develop. That idea was manifest during Summer League in July as Mitchell starred while the 19-year-old Bradley had a more bumpy ride.
Then at Utah’s annual media day Sept. 25, most of the talk concerning the team’s frontcourt players centered around Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. Additionally, as players field questions from the press in pairs, the quiet Bradley sat in stark contrast to the incredibly articulate Mitchell and deferred to the guard as much as he could.
Mitchell said Bradley, who has acted as Mitchell’s de facto chauffeur since …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News