Marcus Morris and Avery Bradley Biography

Marcus Morris BiographyMarcus David Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6'9" forward played college basketball at Kansas before being drafted 14th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2011 NBA draft. Morris was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomasine "Angel" Morris. He has four brothers, Donte, Blake, David and twin Markieff, who plays in the NBA for the Washington Wizards. Considered a four-star recruit by, Morris was listed as the No. 10 power forward and the No. 29 player in the nation in 2008.

Morris enrolled at the University of Kansas where he majored in American studies. He was named the 2010–11 Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year. He also was named a second team All-American for his play in the 2010–11 basketball season by both the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and a third team All-America by Fox Sports. On March 30, 2011, Morris was named to the ten member John R. Wooden Award Men’s All American team. Morris and his brother signed with a sports agent from Los Angeles, and announced that they would enter the 2011 NBA draft.

Avery Bradley BiographyAvery Antonio Bradley Jr. (born November 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Texas before being drafted 19th overall by the Celtics in the 2010 NBA draft. A longtime starter for the Celtics, he has twice been recognized as an NBA All-Defensive Team member.

Although he has a build more typical of a point guard, Bradley plays shooting guard. Making up for his lack of size at the position with quickness, strength and tenacity, Bradley excels at defense. Opponents Damian Lillard and C. J. McCollum have called him the best perimeter defender in NBA. Bradley has outstanding athleticism and explosiveness, having won the Slam Dunk Contest at the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game. However, he rarely displays his elite leaping ability in games, occasionally blocking players at the rim or throwing down dunks but more often simply harassing his man on the perimeter and settling for layups.

Bradley has nevertheless become an increasingly valuable offensive player, especially as a reliable three-point shooter. Bradley's intense and frenetic defensive style of play, probably his most valuable asset, may also be partly to blame for the series of injuries he has suffered in his career. However, his most serious injuries, which required three surgeries by the time he was 23, happened early in his career. Bradley has become an increasingly important member of the Celtics over his tenure with the team, and his minutes played per game has increased in each of his first six seasons, from just 5.2 to 33.4.
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