Eric Bledsoe

Selected No. 18 by the Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Los Angeles Clippers)

College: Kentucky
Birthday: 10/23/90
NBA Position: PG
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-1
Wt: 190
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
High School: Parker
NBA Comparison: Louis Williams

Strengths: Bledsoe enrolled at Kentucky as one of the top PG recruits in the country in 2009. He happened to be in the same recruiting class, however, as fellow Wildcat John Wall. Bledsoe still ended up being a major contributor as a freshman on a 35-5 team, playing mostly off the ball at shooting guard. He has outstanding speed that allows him to make plays out in transition. Very tough and competitive player. Bledsoe is short, but has a wingspan that allows him to finish at the hoop and bother opposing players defensively. Has a quick release on his jump shot and is comfortable spotting up from three.

Weaknesses:
Bledsoe hasn’t had a chance to play PG in college, but needs to make the transition in the NBA. He averaged more turnovers (3.0) than assists (2.9) during his freshman season, which should be of concern. Doesn’t have ideal height. Halfcourt game is raw at this point. He needs to work on his midrange game and creating for others. On defense, he has long stretches where he doesn’t appear to give much of an effort. Plays out of control and too loose at times. Needs to mature and focus on his play rather than trash talking.

Josh Stirn — 3/31/2010

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