Name: Eric Bledsoe
Team: Phoenix Suns
2016-2017 Regular Season General Stats: 21.1 pts 6.3 ast 4.8 reb 48.5 FG% 33.5 3P% 84.7 FT%
2016-2017 Regular Season Advanced Stats: 20.5 PER 56.3 TS% 5.3 WS 3.7 OBPM -0.4 DBPM 2.9 VORP
Another Suns Guard in our Top 50 countdown. Bledsoe, though, is more of a veteran presence than is Devin Booker for the team and as you can see from the stats above, he’s also a more well-rounded guard for the team. Last year, Eric averaged just over 21 points while assisting over six and nearly five rebounds per game. His defense is clearly much sturdier than Booker’s at their respective points in their careers right now. Bled was also top 15 in steals per game for point guards with 1.4 per game.
A lot of speculation surrounding a potential Kyrie Irving trade to the Suns involved Bledsoe. He is coming into his 8th season playing some of his best basketball. He has faced some injuries in the past few seasons but largely goes under the radar due to the abundance of other Western Conference guards as well as the struggles the Suns have endured the past few seasons.
Bledsoe is a tough, sturdy two way guard who definitely has a lot of bottled up potential to explode to the rim. As you can see in the video below he makes a quick shifty move to get to the basket and slam over Kenneth Faried.
Bledsoe is in the prime of his career and looks like he will be staying in Phoenix for the time being. He will continue to give the Suns 20 plus points per game and be a physical, rebounding guard who can facilitate to and get his players better looks. He is the leader of this young, quick Suns team and will act as a mentor to players like Devin Booker and Josh Jackson going forward.
Eric Bledsoe is listed in our rankings at the 41st spot. As a collective group, we all agreed that he had to be this low because of the past injuries, but that he could easily climb up our rankings next season if he were to have a healthy and successful year.