2. Cut Avery Bradley’s minutes
I get that Avery Bradley has been a feel-good story for the Los Angeles Lakers thus far this season and that he has been better than some may have expected. However, let’s not forget that this is a guy who the team picked up right before the season started because the Golden State Warriors, the best team in the league, didn’t think he could cut it.
Bradley was signed on a non-guaranteed contract as the Lakers had all intentions of eventually letting him go if there was a buyout signing that could help the team. That buyout signing has not yet happened but with the rotation getting healthy, it is time to cut Bradley’s minutes.
Yes, he is shooting the three decently and he has had moments where he has played pretty well for LA. Overall, though, Bradley has been a negative for the Lakers and having him average the sixth-most minutes per game on the team is a problem.
Bradley has a -4.6 Box Plus/Minus this season (that is horrible, zero is considered average) and he has been particularly bad on the defensive side of the basketball. While the Lakers don’t have many fixes, Bradley is part of the reason why the Lakers are one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
You would think Talen Horton-Tucker returning would decrease Bradley’s minutes but nope. He has averaged 27.4 minutes per game over the last three games. That is way too high.