Evaluating Each Suns Backcourt Player After 21 Games

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Eric Bledsoe

Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe (2) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Suns defeated the Rockets 97-88. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Stats: 34.1 MPG, 18.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 6.2 APG, 0.478 FG%, 0.333 3P%

Eric Bledsoe was pulled out of the shadow of Chris Paul and given the chance to be the first star of the Suns rebuilding effort. His explosiveness on both ends of the floor was well known, but he was given the opportunity to become a leader and a superstar. He has made the most of that chance. He’s an excellent scorer around the rim, and while his long range shooting still isn’t the best, he’s taken great strides in improving his offensive versatility. He has turned in  excellent nights and excellent moments, including a game winning three against the Jazz.

The Suns took a guy with star potential that was stuck on the bench and unleashed him onto the rest of the NBA. He hasn’t disappointed, and either from the Suns or someone else, has a big payday coming this summer. If the Suns wish to ignite the future, they’ve picked a fine match with which to start the flame.

Grade: A+