Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe.jpg
Eric Bledsoe during his time with the Clippers
Restricted free agent
Guard
Personal information
Born (1989-12-09) December 9, 1989 (age 24)
Birmingham, Alabama
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Parker (Birmingham, Alabama)
College Kentucky (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102013 Los Angeles Clippers
2012 Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2013–2014 Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Eric Bledsoe (born December 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball guard who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft and subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

College career[edit]

Bledsoe played for one year at the University of Kentucky, averaging 11.3 points per game. Although he is a point guard, he mostly played shooting guard for the 35–3 Wildcats, alongside John Wall.

Grade controversy[edit]

In September 2010, it was reported that Bledsoe may have been ineligible to play his one season for Kentucky when discrepancies were found in his high school transcripts.[1] The Alabama Public School System hired the independent law firm of White Arnold & Dow to investigate claims that one of Bledsoe's grades was improperly changed.[2][3] His algebra grade had been changed from a C to an A, thus raising his GPA high enough that he was eligible for the NCAA.[3]

Though the investigators concluded that the instructor's reasons for changing the grade were "not credible," and that a significant number of his high school grades were written over to reflect higher scores/grades. The school board voted to allow the grade to stand, and the NCAA declared its investigation of Bledsoe's eligibility closed the following week.[2][4]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers (2010–2013)[edit]

On April 7, 2010, Bledsoe announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA Draft.[5] He was touted for his quickness, ball handling ability, and ability to hit the long ball. Bledsoe was picked 18th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. In his first season, he averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists and started 25 games. As a result, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In his second season, due to the Clippers' acquisition of Chris Paul, he played only an average of 11 minutes per game, with only one start, and his stats dropped. In fact, during that season, he ended up being assigned to the Clippers' D-League affiliate team, the Bakersfield Jam. However, during his third season, his statistics ended up rising in spite of still being behind Chris Paul for most of the games that he played. Bledsoe would also end up participating in the 2013 All-Star Game's Slam Dunk Contest.

Phoenix Suns (2013–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Bledsoe was traded to the Phoenix Suns alongside teammate Caron Butler in a three-way trade with the L.A. Clippers and the Milwaukee Bucks that sent the Suns' Jared Dudley and the Bucks' J. J. Redick to the Clippers with two different second round picks going to the Bucks.[6] On his opening night debut with the Suns, Bledsoe helped the team by getting 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists in a 104-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. In his second game with the Suns, Bledsoe hit his first ever game-winning shot in an 87-84 home victory over the Utah Jazz. Before the November 19, 2013 game against the Sacramento Kings, Bledsoe's shin collided with fellow teammate P. J. Tucker during practice. He would miss six games before returning with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in a 112-101 victory against the Jazz on November 29, 2013. Bledsoe gained a career-high 28 points in a 116-107 victory against the Sacramento Kings on December 13, 2013. Bledsoe also got his first double-double with the Suns by scoring 16 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and putting up 7 assists in a blowout 117-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 23, 2013.

During the third quarter of the Suns' last game of 2013 against the Clippers, Bledsoe would end up injuring his left shin. What started out as a shin injury would end up turning into a meniscus injury that would leave him out of action for nearly two and a half months. His injury would be a leading factor in the Suns signing former player Leandro Barbosa back onto the team. Bledsoe would end up returning to action on March 12, 2014 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] He'd end up starting for the Suns again and racked up points and 10 rebounds two days later in an 87-80 victory against the Boston Celtics. He has since continued to start for the team throughout the rest of the season. On April 4, 2014, Bledsoe would get a new NBA career high in points scored by getting 30 points in a 109-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

On June 27, 2014, the Suns extended a qualifying offer to Bledsoe, thus making him a restricted free-agent. Bledsoe denied a rumored 4 yr/$48m deal from Phoenix. [8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 81 25 22.7 .424 .276 .744 2.8 3.6 1.1 .3 6.7
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 40 1 11.6 .389 .200 .636 1.6 1.6 .8 .4 3.3
2012–13 L.A. Clippers 76 12 20.4 .445 .397 .791 3.0 3.1 1.4 .7 8.5
2013–14 Phoenix Suns 43 39 32.9 .477 .357 .772 4.7 5.5 1.6 .3 17.7
Career 240 77 22.0 .445 .327 .759 3.0 3.4 1.3 .5 8.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 0 17.2 .587 .429 .625 2.4 2.1 1.2 .4 7.9
2013 L.A. Clippers 6 0 16.2 .500 .111 .667 2.5 3.0 .3 .5 6.5
Career 17 0 16.8 .559 .250 .643 2.4 2.4 .9 .4 7.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Solomon, Jon, and Leech, Marie (September 14, 2010). "Records differed on Eric Bledsoe's Birmingham prep grades". The Birmingham News. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Solomon, Jon (September 28, 2010). "NCAA closes book on Bledsoe case". The Birmingham News. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Brennan, Eamonn (September 24, 2010). "The strange ruling on Eric Bledsoe's grades". College Basketball Nation Blog. ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://a.espncdn.com/media/pdf/100924/uw_clemon_report.pdf
  5. ^ Tipton, Jerry (April 8, 2010). "Five Cats declare for NBA Draft". Kentucky.com. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Suns Complete Deal for Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler". NBA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Notebook: Cavaliers 110, Suns 101
  8. ^ "Suns Extend Qualifying Offers to Bledsoe, Tucker". NBA.com. June 27, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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