The Phoenix Suns acquired guard Eric Bledsoe from the Los Angeles Clippers early this evening. He joins ex-Cat Archie Goodwin, a fellow guard that drafted by the Suns last Thursday following a series of trades.
Bledsoe was the 18th overall pick of the 2010 draft and has played 197 games in 3 seasons. Last season, Bledsoe averaged 20.4 minutes per game, averaging 8.5 points per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 3.0 rebounds per game.
“Great move by the Suns,” said ABC-15 sports director Craig Fouhy. “Bledsoe obviously possesses a skills the Suns are looking for: quickness, ball handling…and his ability to shoot the 3.
“He clearly has a lot of upside and now, less than a week after the Suns draft Archie Goodwin, I’m starting to believe Ryan McDonough has some kind of fondness for the Wildcats! HA!
“Both players are what McDonough has been looking for: Young guys he can build around and they both are very athletic. Should be fun to watch them both grow. As you know, Archie is still just 18 while Eric is still young as well (just 23)
“Lots of basketball left in both of them.”
Bledsoe can play both guard positions and should be able to thrive with the Suns as he won’t be playing behind Clippers star point guard Chris Paul.
“This is a great pickup for the Suns in trying to become more athletic and land new budding stars for the franchise makeover,” said Arizona Republic beat writer Paul Coro. “They lose a popular, good-glue player in Jared Dudley but it could be a small price if Bledsoe fulfills his potential. He already makes them better defensively and he makes an exciting backcourt with Goran Dragic as he works on his shot and decision-making.
“Archie Goodwin was the ideal pick for the Suns to make at No. 29, where you rarely find a player who sticks or starts in the league. They are banking on Goodwin’s potential and like his worth ethic to improve the shortcomings he showed as a freshman point guard. He is only 18 but has great size and athleticism and no pressure to be ready right away.”
“Maybe I’ll pick up a bunch of Blue Nation fans on Twitter now that they have two Wildcats,” Coro joked. “I don’t think they’ve had one since Walter McCarty.”
McCarty played for the Suns briefly in 2005. Tony Delk, Rex Chapman, Kyle Macy, and Rick Robey have all worn the Phoenix Suns uniform.