Bagley was drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 1982 draft by the Cavs. He'd play his first 5 years in the league for Cleveland. After being traded to the Nets in 1987 for the corpse of Darryl Dawkins, Bagley would have his highest scoring output when he averaged 12 ppg in 82 games, 74 of which he started.
He'd go onto play 73 games for the Celtics that year, starting 59 of them. He'd also start all 10 playoff games. His play down the stretch of that year was amazing. Despite being a stocky player, he deceptively would get around his defenders with consistency.
After that year he actually played 10 games for Boston in the 1993 campaign, but if I remember it correctly, was playing on 10 day contracts. The following season he'd play 3 games for Atlanta and then would call it a career.
I suppose John made the most of his abilities to play as long as he did in the NBA. If you looked at him, he would've been the last player picked in most pick-up games. Short, stocky, and unathletic looking, he was the antithesis of Rajon Rondo. But he played 11 years in the NBA which says a lot.
Today Bagley lives in Elgin, Illinois. He has a daughter Janelle, 18, and a son CJ who is 15. He was the head basketball coach of Harper College in IL up until the 2007 season. So if you're like me, you waited anxiously for October 17th to occur. That's when John was getting inducted into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame in CT, for his outstanding high school career in the Bridgeport area. To my disappointment, John didn't attend due to "personal reasons." What were these personal reasons? Did he want to deny the Celticslife faithful the opportunity of an updated photo?
|You bastard, first you screw the Celts in Game 3 of the 2010 Finals & then you take the spotlight from Bags?!|
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