LA Clippers’ New Arrival Eric Bledsoe: Stats and Contract

Published 08/16/2021, 7:19 AM EDT


The Los Angeles Clippers finally made some moves in the off season. They have acquired point guard, Eric Bledsoe, from the Memphis Grizzlies. In exchange, the Clippers sent Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu.

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Interestingly, the Clippers drafted Bledsoe in 2010. However, he did not get the recognition because of lack of play time. His true potential came on show when he was with the Phoenix Suns.

Now, let’s look at how Eric Bledsoe’s recent contract with the LA Clippers looks like.

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Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Reggie Jackson (1) guard Luke Kennard (5) and forward Marcus Morris Sr. (8) during the first half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Bledsoe a new piece for the Clippers?

Eric will be a Clipper for two seasons. In this time he is expected to make around $37 million. However, out of his $19 million salary for next season, only 3.9 million dollars is guaranteed. Hence, it is clear that the Clippers are not in for the long run with Bledsoe.

Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (left) grabs a rebound against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

But, should they considering keeping him? Bledsoe developed into a true scoring point guard in his time with Phoenix. Since then he has played for the Bucks and Pelicans.

Last season he put up 12.2 points per game. in addition, he also dished out 3 assists to go with it. He is a great defensive player and a decent scorer. Moreover, he has the ability to space the floor and find the right guy. With players such as Paul George and Kawhi Leonard around him, his playmaking can really shine through. In addition, he has the chance to add a championship to his name when the Clippers are back to healthy.

Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (right) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Bledsoe’s NBA Journey

Eric Bledsoe started off his NBA journey with the Clippers itself. However, he did not get the chance to make his name. Because, at the time lob city prevailed in LA with Chris Paul as the facilitator.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles in against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Bledsoe then moved to Phoenix. This is where he would have his best years. He averaged 20 points per game for the first time in 2016. He showcased what he was capable of becoming the starting point guard of the Suns. Bledsoe had a great run with them playing for the franchise for 4 years.

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Jun 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) celebrates after a three-point basket against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter during game three in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

His next chapter came with Milwaukee. He got the chance to play with Giannis Antetokounmpo. He continued to put up impressive numbers averaging 17 points and 5 assists per game in his first season with them. Eric was also named to the All-Defensive teams in consecutive years.

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However, he was then traded to New Orleans as a deal to acquire Jrue Holiday. He became the back up point guard behind Lonzo Ball. Considering that, the 31 YO had an impressive season.
Now, he has returned to his draft team and will try to help them win. With the absence of Kawhi Leonard, he will have a much bigger role in the coming season.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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