Player Review: Eric Bledsoe
Info: 6-1, 195 pounds, 24 years old
NBA seasons: 4 (1 with Suns)
2013-14 numbers: 32.9 mpg, 17.7 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 spg
BEST GAME OF THE SEASON
Dec. 13 vs. Sacramento. The Kings had frustrated the Suns in two defeats earlier in the season, so Phoenix needed someone to help wrench away control of this particular matchup. Bledsoe did that and then some, providing one of his vintage stat-stuffing performances with 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
The fourth-year guard had other high-scoring games, including a near triple-double with 30 points in April, but this performance takes season-best honors due to just three turnovers committed.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
Improve ball security, particularly when dribbling through traffic or trying to split helping defenders on the perimeter. Bledsoe turned in the ninth-most turnovers per contest in the league this season.
While miscues are often a result of increased responsibility and defensive attention to talent – Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are just a few who turned the ball over more than Bledsoe – the Suns need their starting point guard to sport a better assist-to-turnover ratio than 1.7.
HEARD FROM HORNACEK
“Coming here, I wasn’t sure about his passing ability and what he saw as a point guard. Right away, the week right before we came up here in those pickup games, you’d think, ‘yeah, okay. He sees the floor well.’ He’s making those passes.”
PHOTO OF THE SEASON