You may or may not have heard of Tony Bradley before. Bradley was a former North Carolina Tar Heel who decided to go to the NBA probably a little earlier than he should have.
In his lone year at UNC, Bradley averaged only 14.6 minutes per contest, but was productive in his little time on the court averaging 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while shooting an average of 57.3% from the field. Although he could have used some more development under Hall Of Fame coach Roy Williams, Bradley declared for the draft and was selected as a late first round pick.
Bradley will be entering his third NBA season. The 6’10” center’s first two seasons in the association didn’t go quite as expected. He’s only shown up in 12 games for the Jazz throughout his career so far including just three last season. Bradley has mostly been in the G-League, where he averaged 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and a block while shooting nearly 60% in the 2018-‘19 season.
While watching him play in the summer league games for Utah, it was not hard to notice that Bradley was always a step ahead of his opponent. He had solid footwork and was able to finish smoothly at the rim. Bradley has been in the league for a couple years already, but the big man is shockingly only 21 years old (even though he looks about 30). If given the right opportunity to develop under experienced center Rudy Gobert on the Jazz, Bradley could be a fantastic player in this league. Make sure to keep an eye on the up-and-coming youngster.