When the three-team trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns occurred on Tuesday, it gave the backup point guard a chance to become his own man on a new team rather than a distant shadow behind the greatness of Chris Paul.
While his game is still enigmatic – there’s no telling of what he is fully capable of in a larger role – he possesses a motor and athleticism that only a handful of point guards in the league can match. He is a relentless defender, is built like a truck, has incredible explosion and at times has shown great ability to create for teammates. Check out some of his notable highlights below:
Although it’s a small sample size, Bledsoe averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 12 games as a fill-in starter. How he progresses next season with the Suns should be quite intriguing to watch, and his friend John Wall expects nothing but stardom as a starter:
Congrats to my bro @EBled12 now prove to the world and league that u can be a starter and star in this league !!
— John Wall (@John_Wall) July 4, 2013
It’s certainly possible, but Goran Dragic is still the team’s starting point guard, so the position won’t simply be handed to Bledsoe. In fact, Dragic’s presence presents quite a logjam, given the talents of the two players. They will likely play alongside each other at various times, but depending on who wins the starting role, another trade may be in order for the Suns.