Avery Bradley's scheduled return was to be January 2nd. However, after participating in his second full practice yesterday, the Boston Celtics could have him back as early as tomorrow. Bradley has been recovering from double shoulder surgery, but he looks ready to go.
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Bradley reported his return date as being January 2nd, but he is progressing enough to be a possibility for the Celtics' Christmas Day game against the Brooklyn Nets.
“I think there’s a chance, but I don’t know what the chances are,” Coach, Doc Rivers said. “I haven’t talked to anybody. I mean the fact that he went through today’s practice games [and will practice Monday] . . . but I don’t know. I just try to stay out of that. It’s close. I don’t want anyone to feel like I am pressuring them. Avery wants to play. I guarantee you he wants to play the next game.”Bradley has not played at all this season, but when he returns he could provide a spark for the Celtics who will be without Chris Wilcox for three-to-four weeks. This will be Bradley's third season in the NBA. He was drafted 19th overall by the Celtics in the 2010 draft.
Bradley has averaged 5.6 points per game and 1.0 assist per game in his career. He is still developing as an NBA guard and should continue to improve. Last season, he averaged 7.6 points per game - a nearly six point improvement over his rookie year.