Eric Bledsoe

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Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe.jpg
Eric Bledsoe during his time with the Clippers
No. 2 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1989-12-09) December 9, 1989 (age 24)
Birmingham, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolParker (Birmingham, Alabama)
CollegeKentucky (2009–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro playing career2010–present
Career history
20102013Los Angeles Clippers
2012Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2013–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
 
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Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe.jpg
Eric Bledsoe during his time with the Clippers
No. 2 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born(1989-12-09) December 9, 1989 (age 24)
Birmingham, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolParker (Birmingham, Alabama)
CollegeKentucky (2009–2010)
NBA draft2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Pro playing career2010–present
Career history
20102013Los Angeles Clippers
2012Bakersfield Jam (D-League)
2013–presentPhoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Eric Bledsoe (born December 9, 1989) is an American professional basketball point guard with 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 primarily a point guard, he played mostly shooting guard for the 35–3 Wildcats. Bledsoe played alongside John Wall, Daniel Orton, Patrick Patterson, and DeMarcus Cousins.

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 independent attorneys of the Birmingham-based law firm of White Arnold & Dow, led by former President of the Alabama State Bar Mark White and former Federal Court judge U. W. Clemon, to investigate claims that one of Bledsoe's grades was improperly changed.[2][3] One specific grade, an Algebra change from a C to an A, had raised Bledsoe's GPA high enough to make him NCAA-eligible.[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.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames 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]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11L.A. Clippers812522.7.424.276.7442.83.61.1.36.7
2011–12L.A. Clippers40111.6.389.200.6361.61.6.8.43.3
2012–13L.A. Clippers761220.4.445.397.7913.03.11.4.78.5
Career1973819.6.431.308.7492.63.01.2.56.7

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012L.A. Clippers11017.2.587.429.6252.42.11.2.47.9
2013L.A. Clippers6016.2.500.111.6672.53.0.3.56.5
Career17016.8.559.250.6432.42.4.9.47.4

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. 

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