Eric Bledsoe May 29, 2014 18:28:43 GMT
Post by James Kay on May 29, 2014 18:28:43 GMT
Suggested Rating: 83
Statistics for this most recent season 2013-2014:
This is going to be a somewhat odd comparison, but I see Bledsoe as very similar in production to Nicolas Batum. If you look at their per36 stats, they are almost identical - the differences being minor discrepancies in shooting % (Bledsoe has better), Assists (Bledsoe has better), steals (Bledsoe has better), rebounding (Batum has better), and turnovers (Batum has better).
I guess the point I'm making is that similar to Batum(Rated an 84 in this league), Bledsoe is a stat-stuffer. An all-around kind of player.
One more comparison - Bledsoe's stats compare very well to Tyreke's ROTY season, and Tyreke has only regressed since then yet still has an 83 rating in this league.
In games that Bledsoe played this year, the Suns were: 28-15
In games that Bledsoe did not play, the Suns were: 20-18
That's a pretty big difference, especially when you consider that many of the wins during Bledsoe's absence came during an Eastern conference road-trip against teams like ORL, PHI, MIL, CLE.
The guy is just super strong, earning him the nickname Little Hercules, or Mini-Lebron.
Anyway, an 18/5/5 guy shooting very solid percentages (except his 3 is only average) and getting great steals, contributing significantly to his team's success, deserves a huge boost. The starter for the just barely eliminated Phoenix Suns in the tough Western conference (who would have been in the playoffs had Bledsoe played the full season), deserves an 83 in my eyes.