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 the two arrived in Salt Lake City because Mitchell doesn’t yet have a driver’s license, is the same away from the spotlight, preferring to stay inside playing video games rather than go out like Mitchell enjoys.
Through the Jazz’s first three preseason games, and then its fifth and final one Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers, the native of Bartow, Florida was also quiet as far as the impact he made on the game, scoring just three points total.
In the team’s fourth game, however, Bradley showed some of the reasons why Utah made the trade to get him on draft night. …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News