With the Phoenix Suns’ season over, it’s time to take a fond look back on the 2013-14 season and examine how everyone performed. So far we’ve covered Archie Goodwin‘s first NBA season; Shavlik Randolph‘s short stint with the Suns; Miles Plumlee‘s impressive potential; Ishmael Smith‘s job as a backup point guard; the return of the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa; rookie Alex Len‘s first season in Phoenix; Marcus Morris‘ development as a shooter; Channing Frye‘s inspirational return to the court; a career year from Gerald Green; P.J. Tucker‘s drastic improvement; and Markieff Morris‘ Sixth Man of the Year-worthy season.
Today, we take a look at Eric Bledsoe‘s injury-prone but promising first year with the Suns. Though he was only able to play 43 games in his first season as a starter in the NBA, Bledsoe’s impact while he was on the floor was immediate and impressive. Averaging a well-rounded stat line of 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, Bledsoe, 24, has a promising career ahead of him if those knees can stay healthy.
By opting to remove his meniscus rather than repair it, Bledsoe’s knees could be a ticking time bomb. As a restricted free agent this summer, the Suns could wind up paying a max-level deal for a guy with a pretty extensive injury history already. However, if he’s able to stay on the court and the Suns are able to keep Bledsoe around, he and Goran Dragic will form one of the league’s best backcourts for years to come.