Eric Bledsoe: Another huge night
With CP3 out Bledsoe is getting his chance to really show what he can do, and tonight his line looked like this with a W over the Magic:
He's starting to come on strong his last few games, but he's also averaging 3stls and 2blks per game over the last 5.
Would you trade him or keep him?
Good night but not a huge night. I watched this entire game and it set the NBA back 20 years. It was one of the ugliest basketball games I'd watched in a while. The Magic put a team that could lose to D-league teams and the Clippers struggled with them. Bledsoe is not a natural leader as evident in the fact he had more TOs than assits. Bledsoe shot 9-21 but missed a wide open dunk and a few layups. His jumper is much better than people give him credit for but it still needs work. Bledsoes stats have been eye opening but they've been losing those games. Keep him for the time being and try to make a run in the playoffs. Clippers depth is what makes them such a threat but if you are concerned he's going to leave and must trade him wait till next year or the summer.
Bledsoe doesn't look right running the team, Chris Paul has the intangibles and leadership to win that Bledsoe lacks
He may not be a true PG, but not many are in todays game, he's getting better and better on offense and his defense has to be one of the best at the guard position, I'd make sure I had some veterans around to help him, but I'd take him and give him a nice contract.
I dont think how he plays during this stretch really matter because they already know what he's capable of. I do feel like he's a huge part of their identity though. He's the motor on that exciting bench. He's good at controlling the pace and making exciting plays while Jamal Crawford fills it up. The bigger question is is Chris Paul committed to staying in LA.?.. If you're sure he's staying there and Chauncey will be healthy for the rest of the year, then you can trade Bledsoe. But if you're not sure about those two things, I think you gotta keep Bledsoe. He's not CP3, but he's a hell of a replacement .
clippers will not go far without cp3. As others have stated, BLEDSOE doesnt have the intangibles to lead like CP3 and he may never have them. DO NOT TRADE CP3 and leave bledsoe as the starter - BAD IDEA. Theres a pretty big gap between guys like Drose, CP3, Westbrook and Bledsoe. Drose, cp3, westbrook are elite whereas bledsoe is a solid player.
Ummm The Clippers have never talked about getting rid of CP3 and keeping Bledsoe, nobody in their right mind would do that, it's all up to CP3 if he wears a Clippers jersey next year.
Bledsoe's potential is still crazy high, even if he's not on the level of the Westbrook's and Rose's, his athletic ability and defensive abilities will make you take a risk on him and hope he pans out the way everyone hopes he will, because he has all the tools to be a top level PG.
I think Bledsoe closely mirrors Russell Westbrook in a lot of ways and will eventually become a shorter version of him who puts up 90% of the stats and has the exact same struggles. Both are natural born sgs who aren't tall enough to play the position so they're forced to play pg, they both struggle with decision making, they're at times reckless with the ball and turnover prone, they can't consistently balance their scoring with running the team, they both struggle with shaky jumpshots and shoot too many three pointers, and they both require high usage rates to really be effective offensive players. With these faults comes a bevy of talent that makes teams overlook their weaknesses and allow them to play considerable minutes. They are easily among the top 4 most all around athletic point guards in the league, they are excellent finishing around the rim, they are incredibly strong and use it to their advantage both offensively and defensively, they can both put tremendous defensive pressure on their assignments, they play extremely fast and are constantly driving to the rim, incredibly streaky scorers who can seem unstoppable when hot and always seem to get points game in and game out even if its inefficiently, they are both very young especially to the position of pg and have shown improvement in their decision making skills over time and have untapped potential.
I believe Bledsoe is going to be a stud in this league 2 years down the road after he's been running a team for an extended period of time and gets the nuances of the pg position down a little better. Hes always going to struggle with certain parts of his game, but teamed with the right players he could easily lead teams deep into the playoffs just like Russ has. Whoever gets this kid either at the deadline this year of next year in free agency is going to get a hell of a player.
My thing with Bledsoe is he's only 23 and each year his improvements have been leaps and bounds, this is the same guy that had everyone scratching their heads when he declared for the Draft after one year,even tho he was the #2 PG in his HS class.
Alot of people compared him to former Clippers guard Mike Taylor, who was SUPER athletic, played defense, huge wingspan and all, Taylor didn't stick because he couldn't shoot and was just too wild at times, but I knew Bledsoe would be different.
I'm looking down the road when Bledsoe hit's 26,27 when it all comes together, his athleticism is still elite, but the game slows down for him, I think he's going to be a problem when it's all said and done
I believe Bledsoe is very talented, but the problem I see is people are starting to overvalue him way too much. Remember when CP3 got hurt and Collison stepped in for him with the Hornets? The Hornets were used to a good PG running the team and were set up for a PG to run the team. Collison looked amazing when he subbed for Paul and then was traded to be the Pacers starting PG, but never really did anything close to what he was doing with the Hornets. Collison hasn't been near as good as he was when he subbed for Paul.
If he continues to work on his outside shot, to help with spacing, I would love to see Bledsoe play the 2 guard next to a non-traditional scoring point guard like Kyrie Irving or Derrick Rose. Yes, he's only 6'1'', but he has a 6'8'' wingspan and is one of the most athletic guards in the NBA could handle guarding most NBA SGs.
I think he's more of a Monta Ellis style SG, as he continues to develop, than an NBA point guard.
My thinking about Bledsoe is, if LAC wanted to trade him, they wouldve done so a long time ago. Not saying he is untradable but if they part with him, it will have to be for something really good. LAC really loves the guy.
I would, his value is about as high as it's going to get. Plus, I think Paul is staying. I think the Clippers still are not a championship team yet. They need to get another scorer to help with their half-court offense and a good back-up bigman, because I don't see Odom, Turiaf or Hollins cutting in the the playoffs.