Phoenix Suns 2013-14 Player Grades: Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe

Mar 28, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) stands on the court during the second quarter against the New York Knicks at US Airways Center. The Suns won 112-88. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports


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 seasonShavlik Randolph‘s short stint with the Suns; Miles Plumlee‘s impressive potentialIshmael Smith‘s job as a backup point guardthe return of the Brazilian BlurLeandro Barbosa; rookie Alex Len‘s first season in Phoenix; Marcus Morris‘ development as a shooterChanning Frye‘s inspirational return to the court; a career year from Gerald GreenP.J. Tucker‘s drastic improvement; and Markieff MorrisSixth 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.

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