Avery Bradley is a great defender. For the first time in his career, Bradley was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2016, and said earlier in the week he is targeting an even loftier goal this season: Defensive Player of the Year.

In speaking with Celtics reporter Marc D'Amico, Bradley gave his case for why he should be considered:

AB said that while his defense might not always translate to stats, like steals and blocks, his "game should speak for itself." But it's more than just his game that will affect who voters decide in 2017, but how the team does as well.

“I think you have to be on a good defensive team, but you also have to be on a good team period,” he said.

Fortunately for AB, with the additions of Al Horford, rookies Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, and growth from Marcus Smart, Jordan Mickey, Kelly Olynyk and others, the Celtics could be in a pretty good spot come voting time. Which means Bradley might need to clear a space in his trophy case for another elite recognition at the season's end.

Follow Topher Lane on Twitter, @Topher_L. Photo credit: Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports

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