The Boston Celtics are one of the very top contenders in the Eastern Conference, and they have only gotten stronger with the acquisition of Al Horford from the Atlanta Hawks this summer.
The young Celtics are known for being a stingy defensive unit behind their coach Brad Stevens, and shooting guard Avery Bradley made the All-Defensive NBA First Team last season.
Bradley makes up an attractive backcourt alongside the explosive Isaiah Thomas, but he thinks the addition of Horford in the frontcourt will take them to new heights.
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The 25-year-old paid tribute to the players who have made the Celtics an excellent perimeter defence team in the past, but securing Horford is still considered a big step in the right direction.
“But Al, having that leadership and having that experience, he’s been to the playoffs multiple years in a row. So he knows what it takes to be a great defender, and I know he talks well. I can tell for how disciplined their team is. I’m just happy to have him behind me, talking and helping me defend some of the best players in the NBA.”
With the Dominican Republic big man on board, Bradley wants the Celtics to be a fortress on the defensive end.
“I feel like the sky’s the limit for us,” he said. “I’m hoping that we can be one or two in the NBA on the defensive end. If we all lock in and that’s our mindset going into every single game, I feel like it will not only help us win games but all our goals will come true being a top defense in the NBA.”
Can they challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eastern crown next term?