Tony Bradley Celebrity Life
Ton y Lee Bradley Jr., who plays center for the Utah Jazz currently, has got a mixed bag of news. While on one hand, he is the only Jazz player who jumped 3 spots in overall rating, from the 75th to the 72nd spot, some reports have pointed out flaws in his techniques or commented on how he needs to up his game in the major league matches because he is finally out of development team.
Although he has been with the Jazz for almost his entire professional National Basketball Association (NBA) tenure, most of it has been spent with their G League affiliate team, the Salt Lake City Stars.
Childhood and Early Career
Bradley was on 8th January 1998 in Bartow, Florida. He stands tall at 6 ft 10 in, which many have attributed to be his biggest strength while playing offensive, and has been involved in the sport almost exclusively since his childhood. He was enrolled at the Bartow High School and was a member of its basketball team.
His performance in senior high earned him a place in the McDonald’s All American team. When the time came for him to select a college, he received offers from several state universities, such as North Carolina State, Florida, Kansas, Florida, Vanderbilt, Miami, and Alabama. Bradley opted to join the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels.
During his early days of college basketball, Bradley mainly served as the primary substitute for Kennedy Meeks, Tar Heels’ star center. Despite being a sub in most matches, Bradley managed to maintain an average of 7.5 points with 5.1 rebounds and built a reputation for being strong in the offensive rebounds. Bradley spent an average of 14.6 minutes on court per game.
After the Tar Heels won against the Gonzaga in the NCAA Championship in 2017, which also helped them clinch the championship, Bradley declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but without an agent. This meant he wanted to keep the option of returning to UNC to complete his sophomore college.
However, once in the NBA, Bradley did not return to UNC and became a “one-and-done” player. Among the titles Bradley won based on his Tar Heels stint is when ESPN ranked Bradley at number 17 in their top 100 players in the Class of 2016.
Los Angeles Lakers selected Bradley as the 28th overall draft of the 2017 NBA Draft but almost immediately traded him to the Utah Jazz. In July of the same year, Bradley signed his Jazz contract and made his first appearance against the Houston Rockets. The Jazz delegated to their G League affiliate Salt Lake City Stars in November of the same year as a part of his major league development scheme.
Since his movement from G league to playing for the Jazz on a rotation basis, Bradley’s carer has moved at a slower pace than expected. Experts estimated that when Ed Davis, the main center for Jazz, had to take some time off due to a leg fracture, Bradley would pick up the slack but that has not been the case. Speed, lateral quickness, verticality, and over athleticism seem to be his main drawbacks leaving Bradley struggling to reach his full potential, although he has shown some signs of improvements in his most recent games in 2019.
Towards the end of the year 2018, Bradley’s net worth was estimated to be over $1.5 million. The bulk of his income was from the 2-year contract that he had supposedly signed with the Utah Jazz. His average annual salary is estimated to be $1.5 million and the sum guaranteed to him is an estimated $3 million.
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