Eric Bledsoe is one of those rare players who makes everyone around him better.
Still, he’s putting up some remarkable numbers of his own this year.
Stat guru Cole Mickelson delivers the goods again – this time on “Mini-LeBron.” Click through to see how the first-year Sun ranks amongst the league’s best.
A New Standard
Bledsoe’s previous career-high for points per game for a season is 8.5 with the Clippers in 2012-13. This year, however, the guard is a threat to average over 20 points.
The last NBA veteran to average at least 20 points for a season after never before having averaged at least 10 points was Zach Randolph who averaged 20.1 points for Portland in 2003-04, his third season in the league. Entering 2003-04, Randolph’s previous best average for a season was 8.4 points per game in 2002-03.
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are both nearly averaging 18+ points and 6+ assists per game.
The last teammates in the NBA to both average over 18 and six in a season were Michael Jordan (30.1, 6.1) and Scottie Pippen (21.0, 7.0) of the Chicago Bulls in 1991-92.
Mini-LeBron and Lebron
Eric Bledsoe is shooting .571 from the field this season on drives.
Among players in the NBA who have at least five drives per game, his .571 field goal percentage when doing so trails only LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Bledsoe has scored 20+ points in a game 10 times already this season.
He had done so four times in his first three career seasons entering 2013-14.
28, 8, 5, 3, 2
Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 28 points and made a career-high 11 field goals vs. Sacramento on Dec. 13 to go along with eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Goran Dragic added 29 points (just three points shy of his career-high) in the game to give the Suns two players with at least 28 points for the first time since Hakim Warrick and Vince Carter did so on March 8, 2011, vs. Houston.
The last time two Suns guards each scored 28+ in the same game was Jason Richardson and Leandro Barbosa on Feb. 20, 2009
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