In this article series, the Bulls On Tap coverage team will be taking a look at newly acquired Chicago Bulls’ talent. In the second installment, I will be breaking down center Tony Bradley. Bradley has been a career backup. He was drafted with the 28th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. Bradley never suited up for the purple and gold and has been on four teams in five years.
The 6-foot-10 center out of UNC brings solid depth and interior defense to a Bulls team that needed it. After trading away Daniel Gafford and losing Daniel Theis in free agency, the Bulls were in need of a backup big man. Enter Tony Bradley. On August 11, the Bulls signed Bradley to a two-year $3.8 million deal included with a second-year player option. Last season, Bradley appeared in 22 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 18 MPG, Bradley averaged 8.7 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 0.8 BPG on an incredible 65% field goal percentage.
Now, I understand that’s in limited minutes on a rebuilding team. Though, those numbers are just what the Chicago Bulls need off the bench. Bradley coming in off the bench to get rebounds and guard the interior will be beneficial for not only the Bulls, but him as well. He gets to play his game here and thrive in the limited minutes he receives as a “defensive big-man.” Just for fun, let’s drop in the PER 36 numbers for Bradley.
The 24-year-old has good hands at the rim. Bradley has a knack for being in the right spot on the offensive end. Bradley took 112 shots at the rim last season, in which he made 74% of them. From three feet to 10 feet, he took 64 shots and had a 65% shooting percentage. They might not be the sexiest numbers, but he is a solid addition to the Bulls’ bench.