Eric Bledsoe draft profile

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Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)
6'1, PG, 190

Bledsoe is the second best PG prospect in the draft, unfortunately for him, the best was teammate John Wall.   As such, he had to play as a clutch role player on a talented team rather than as the primary focal point somewhere else.   At 6'1, he has a chiseled build and is the second fastest player in the draft.

Bledsoe excels when pushing the ball in transition.  He goes full steam to the hoop to score using his body to shield off shot-blockers or passing the ball out to open teammates.  In the half-court, Bledsoe uses his explosive first step to attack the basket and has great finishing ability with a variety of layups and floaters at the hoop.  At times, he gets erratic once in the lane, but it's nothing to be to alarmed about.  Bledsoe, overshadowed by John Wall's play, is a great playmaker in his own right with great ball handling with either hand.  He needs to improve on playing at varying speeds on the next level to continue to use his speed as a weapon.

While not bad, Bledsoe's as streaky as it gets shooting from the three point line. He goes off one game to make five or six then follows it up by shooting an 0-fer the next game.   Bledsoe needs to improve his shooting consistency, and if he shoots in the mid 30s from the NBA three point line then he'll become a dangerous offensive player.  If he can't add a solid outside shot, he'll be more limited on the offensive end.   One concern is his 67% free throw percentage is awfully low for a guard.

Defensively, Bledsoe shuts down opposing point guards and can carry that ability to the next level.  In fact, Bledsoe was the best defender on Kentucky's team last year.  He possesses great front line and lateral speed and making him a disruptive force, stopping penetration or bodying them up physically.  With his quick hands and long wingspan, he plays the passing lanes and picks the pocket of opposing guards.

How does he fit in the NBA?

I think he is an excellent pick at the next level as speed usually translates well.  Bledsoe should be an on-the-ball stalwart defensively and offensively, the speed, at a minimum translates into an effective transition game.  Learning the game better, playing at multiple speeds, and developing a consistent outside shot, will determine if he is a role-playing point guard or star at the next level.

Bledsoe should fall somewhere from late lottery to mid-first rounder.  It is hard to compare Bledsoe to another NBA player, but maybe Kyle Lowry with a better jump shot.  

How does he fit on the Bulls?

Honestly, Bledsoe probably will not slip this far when he keeps getting more workouts.  However, he is a terrible fit next to Rose, other than being a backup.  Bledsoe is a similar type player and his talents will be wasted next to him.  However, if still available at pick 17 and players such as Paul George and Ekpe Udoh are off the board, he would be a solid pick in terms of future trade potential.

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  • Out of all the players that fall, I think we are the worst if we draft Bledsoe.

    He has talent but still having hinrich and taking him isnt smart. We would be better off taking the next best 2 guard after the big three are gone or even one of the good SF that could potentially play the 3-4 spot.

    I like his game but this pick is more about rounding out the team. If we knew we were gonna sign a good big and a good guard, then maybe I could see us going Bledsoe. But not before FA starts and who we add is highly unknown.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I pretty much agree. I don't think he will slip this far anyway.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    But what if he does, he'd compliment the team perfectly.

    The cap rule was placed so teams couldnt buy an NBA trophy so two max player salaries shouldnt be enough to win it all. So if Labron wants to win 4 or more championships he'll come to Chicago.

    You have to imagine the Bulls playing with a lead, if Labron joins he could shoot the 3. what we need is a defensive minded bench to give the starters rest. Plus Bledsoe could push the ball down the floor helping develop our young fowards. Best case senerio he could play the 2 next to a strong pg

  • Is Evan Turner not a PG prospect? He's the second best right, not Bledsoe? Either way your right on about him not fitting with Rose...but would he be good trade bait?

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    I don't consider Evan Turner a true Point Guard. He can play point forward, but either way he needs the ball in his hands to dominate. Turner is a heck of a player though; hope Philly still drafts him for their sake and figure out how to trade Iguodola. As for Turner, he averaged 4 turnovers a game last year for Ohio State; way too much for natural point guard. He is a playmaker with point guards skills.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    Ok that makes sense. Hope we can trade up in the draft for Indiana's pick to make sure we get George!

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    Hopefully we can get George somehow!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kevin,

    I'm all in on Paul George.

    To Bulls: Jeff Foster, Solomon Jones and #17
    To Pacers: Kirk Hinrich and #10

    Let's get that done somehow.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    George is a bust. A much bigger risk then Bledsoe because for what he offers, hasn't put it all together. Playing for a team that doesnt need him, drafting him seems more like a luxury pick

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    NBAdraft.net actually has Bledsoe going in the 2nd round!!!! So he has dropped quite a bit from about a month ago...if the Bulls do end up buying a 2nd rounder...if Bledsoe is there...i wouldnt mind having him as a backup PG to Rose.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I personally think Draft Express is more reliable, but I don't see him going out of the first round.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Draft Express also has George going past us and into the mid 20's. Thats not very accurate given recent reports.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I know, but the details of the reports and the closer you get to the draft, I feel Draft Express really puts in their work.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I like draftexpress profiles but nbadraft.net's mocks....Team needs havent been accounted for either though. I mean if you can get the 2nd best PG in the draft in the 2nd round....id say thats a heck of a deal lol

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    nbadraft.net's mock are better***

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I actually like this kid better than John Wall.

    For some reason, I think he slips to the later part of the 1st Round.

    Memphis?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    He's not better than Wall, but he is pretty good!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kevin,

    I didn't say he was better than Wall. I just like him better than Wall.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    IMO i think Wall is overated. Just comparing him to Rose i think Rose is much better. Better athlete, faster, better scorer. I think Wall should be compared to a player like Devin Harris. Still a very good player, but just not on the level of Derrick.

    hey Kevin...you should do some PRofiles on the 2nd round gems...such as Brackins,Stanely Robinson, Vazquez, Renardo Sidney, Solomon Alabi,Kevin Seraphin, Lance Stephenson,Sherron Collins,DeSean Butler...theres a couple other notable 2nd rounders.All these guys could make a roster. I would love to see us buy a pick .

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I don't know if Wall is overrated because as a Freshman he dominated. I don't think he will be better than Rose, but I think he will be really good.

    I will definitely do something on most of those players. It is a deep draft and there could be some steals to be had. I will say I am not a fan of Renardo Sidney though just cause of his attitude and such.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    John Wall = OVER-RATED!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    csharp,

    I say keep Acie Law.

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