May 15, 2012; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe (12) dunks during the second half in game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT

What will the Los Angeles Clippers do with Eric Bledsoe?

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.

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