Bradley’s numbers might not cause anyone’s jaw to immediately drop, but anyone who has seen the combo guard play in person knows how valuable he is on both ends of the floor. That’s especially true among NBA players: John Wall, Isaiah Thomas and CJ McCollum have all said Bradley is one of the best defenders they’ve ever faced. In 2016, GMs voted him as the second-best perimeter defender in the league, behind only Kawhi Leonard.
Aaron Gordon and almost every other player on the Magic: No one is safe in Orlando. The Magic have been quietly gauging the trade market for Aaron Gordon, the 22-year-old forward leading the team in points per game (18.4). This is a bad team with no concerns about contending in the near future, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Orlando puts the entire roster on the market, with the exception of rookie Jonathan Isaac.
Not only does Ball do the right thing initially by helping off Gary Harris to tag Mason Plumlee on the roll, he reads the play perfectly by anticipating Jamal Murray’s pass to Harris and picking it off mid-flight. It shows that he understands where he needs to be as a help defender and how he can use his physical tools to create transition opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Fournette made an instant impact in Jacksonville. He gave the Jaguars a big-time running back behind Blake Bortles, and that formula helped carry the franchise to the AFC championship game. Fournette was the worth the high price on draft day.
Charlotte Hornets: No player in the NBA has made more 3-pointers per game in the past 30 days than Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, whose 4.3 3PG in that 13-game stretch is even better than that of James Harden (4.2) and Stephen Curry (4.1). In the past, Walker’s lack of 3-point prowess cost him fantasy value as a point guard, but those days are long gone. The seventh-year pro took his game up a notch with 2.2 3PG in 2015-16 and made 3.0 3PG last season. He is at 2.9 3PG this season.
Chicago Bulls: Kris Dunn played 20 minutes in his first game back from a concussion last Wednesday, and Bulls executive VP John Paxson said the young point guard is no longer on a minutes limit. He added that the team will be smart with how it uses Dunn in the next few games, so don’t be surprised if coach Fred Hoiberg eases Dunn back into a heavier workload.