Avery Bradley Says Kyrie Irving is the Toughest Player to Defend

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Updated: July 14, 2017

Yesterday, during a twitter Q&A with fans, Avery Bradley deemed Kyrie Irving as the toughest player to guard in the NBA.

The new Pistons guard Avery Bradley was acquired via trade with Boston last week in exchange for Marcus Morris. This was a move to free up cap space in Boston for them to sign free agent Gordon Hayword. The Pistons were also given a 2019 2nd round pick in the trade.

This isn’t the first time Avery Bradley has praised Kyrie as one of the toughest players to guard in the league. Back in 2013, Avery was asked the same question in an interview for SLAM magazine.

SLAM: Who’s the hardest guy for you to defend?

I always say (Rajon) Rondo because he’s my teammate and he’s just so talented and so fast. But Kyrie Irving is also a really tough cover.

Avery Bradley is regarded as one of the toughest defenders in the league. This isn’t like this is coming from his old teammate Isaiah Thomas. If Bradley says you’re tough to defend then that’s rather high praise.

Kyrie’s numbers against Boston this year definitely back up these comments. In the Cavs 2017 playoff series against Boston, Kyrie averaged 25.8 points per game shooting 63% from the field. His 42 points in Game 4 were the most points he’s ever scored in a playoff game. All of this was done with Avery Bradley as his primary defender.

I don’t think very many players would dispute that Kyrie is the toughest guard to defend in the league.

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