This is the eighth installment of the NBA Breakout Ballers, a 10 part series spotlighting players that will make a significant leap in the 2015-2016 NBA season. Check out the latest feature on Greg Monroe. Each player featured in this series are prime prospects to target in season long formats, as well as early season DFS lineups before their prices rise. Let’s get into it!
Why We Believe
Entering his 3rd season with the Phoenix Suns and 7th overall, Eric Bledsoe is in place to be a consistent and dominant option at the point guard position. His added role in Jeff Hornacek’s offense due to the departure of Goran Dragic will put the ball in his hands even more. He has ability to score the ball and contribute across numerous statistical categories makes him a major fantasy contributor. The Suns have been committed to clearing cap space, but now out of the LaMarcus Aldridge race they have a void to fill that might not necessarily be another big man. Bledsoe can post big numbers for the Suns, enabling him to be a unique point guard who still has room to establish himself within the league. Having to compete against CP3, Curry, and now Rondo within the same division will force Bledsoe to produce on a consistent basis.
By the Numbers
Eric Bledsoe is a player who can leader for the Phoenix Suns across the stat board. In the past season he lead the squad in point, assist, and steal averages per game. Bledsoe’s 120 starts over the past two seasons put him in the driver’s seat of the Suns offense. His 34 minutes per game and 16.7 player efficiency rating is the highest amongst any member still with the Suns following last year. He led the organization in total touches per game, and is set to have the ball in his hands even more. Bledsoe was 6th overall in total transition points and led Phoenix with the most possessions as the ball handler within pick and roll sets.
Bledsoe averaged 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds per contest while shooting a respectable 44% from the floor. With the opportunity to gain full control of the offense his numbers in all of those categories are likely to spike. His ability to add a high volume of steals on the defensive end makes him a key contributor on both ends of the court.
We believe Bledsoe’s value to the Suns is only going to increase. His ability to provide on various ends of the floor makes him a valuable asset in any fantasy sports format. Although he is not the best three-point shooter and has an above average tendency to turn the ball over, his value at the point guard position extends into multiple aspects of the game. Now playing with Tyson Chandler in the middle, Bledsoe has someone who is a tough screen setter who has a tough presence in the lane. This addition for the Suns, will free up offensive opportunities on all spots of the floor. He is an explosive guard primed to develop into a superstar and take his production to new heights.
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