After the Game 7 series clinching win against the Memphis Grizzlies, Eric Bledsoe was asked if he liked the physicality of the series. He responded, “Yeah, I like playing physical.” He grinned and looked down again to make certain everyone noticed his well-defined chest and arms. Message sent.
His upper body and arms are built for the NBA and possibly even NFL if Bledsoe had taken a different path in high school. He has the arms and build of a player around 6’4″ or 6’5″ His large wing-span and quick legs make him an ideal perimeter defender; for instance, he split time between Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli in the Spurs series and sparked the Clippers tempo and offense in a couple games as well.
“Chris [Paul], he picks his spots and he’s more of a scorer,” Randy Foye said. “Eric, he’s more explosive, he’s fast, he’s strong, he’s really fast up and down the floor.”
The problem now after last off-season’s Chris Paul trade is… what do the Clippers do with Eric Bledsoe? Does he become the Clippers sixth man/back-up point guard? Do they trade him when his value is highest and see if they can get back a first round pick or starting shooting guard?
I’m not sure.
But I do know that Bledsoe is a quality player with a bright future in the league, and Neil Olshey needs to use his talent effectively whether it is on this team or part of a trade to make the team better. Vinny Del Negro had some thoughts on Bledsoe during the Spurs series: “He changes the complexion for us. We can play him and Chris [Paul] together and obviously when Chris needs a blow Eric handles the point guard duties.”
Whether Bledsoe is a starter in the league or not is yet to be determined, but I wish the best for the bulky, lanky point guard. And I’m excited to see what comes next for this young man.