With CP3 re-signing to the Clippers, it's pretty much obvious Bledsoe is on his way out.
Where will he fall?
He is possibly the most physically imposing PG in the NBA, top 3 athletically, top 3 defensively and has potential to be a very very good PG, if he keeps on improving. Who will pull the trigger?
What team fits him best?
I don't see him signing to NO just to go back being a backup PG. Orlando fits him best for they could be a team his grows with along with a young Jacque Vaughn and the Afflalo/Bledsoe trade helps both teams. Win/Win.
He's pretty overrated. He can't shoot or distribute the ball that well. He does have physical gifts comparable to any player in the league but his skill level isn't quite there to be an elite point guard or even a top 12 point guard.
But with all that said the best situation for him is Orlando and it makes the best sense for them too seeing how they would only have to give up Afflalo. He can be paired with Oladipo and just be a defensive nightmare for opposing backcourts. Hope they can get a top 2 pick again in the 2014 to cover some scoring and playmaking needs with either Wiggins or Parker. Vucevic is a terror already on the boards and maybe even sign Andrew Bynum this season.
Orlando is the best spot and probably will be where he ends up playing next year.
He doesn't need to be a top 12 pg. if he is top 25-30 than he needs to be traded. He has decent value right now and is very gifted. He needs to improve his pg skills but he isn't lacking physically so if he wants to be a top 15 pg bad enough, he could be. Orlando is a team who doesn't have a pg on their roster right now that's as good or talented as Bledsoe and they have a valuable piece to give back to the clips. So, it seems to make sense that he could end up there.
I wouldn't say he's overrated, I think he could be very productive playing 35 minutes per game, I do think he will turn the ball over alot, but he will fill up the stat sheet(pts,blks,stls,assist,boards)
Remember when Chris paul went out with knee issues? I'll leave it at that
The Bucks are the latest to join the fray with Bledsoe with a rumored sign-and-trade with Reddick. Depending on what other pieces are involved at least there would be something to come out of giving up on Tobias Harris far too soon.
The Bucks are very confusing, they already have Jennings, how much sense would it make for either Jeff Teague or Eric Bledsoe to sign there???
I don't get what the Bucks are trying to do, Maybe getting another good PG, then ship Jennings?
Up until this point I don't think the Bucks have had a vision of what their team should be going forward. I think they looked at their team in only pieces, rather than how those pieces work as a whole.
To me, if they would be lucky enough to acquire bledsoe without giving up Henson/Sanders/Ilyasova, it would allow them not to have to match any deal Jennings receives as a RFA.
I think Jennings has done all that he can in Milwaukee, he can be an extremely exciting player, but I don't think he can be a PG on a championship type team. I think he would make for an excellent 6th man on a championship team, but that's it.
I'm not sure if these rumblings are a sign that Milwaukee is correcting it's long-term vision issues or not, but I see it as a step in the right direction, if only to to correct it's mis-step in acquiring reddick in the first place.
I'm sorry but he is not top 3 athletically when all healthy D-Rose, Wall and Westbrook are all way more athletic
I disagree with Wall but the other 2 you're right. He's built like a running back and he's extremely explosive off the bounce. He might be stronger than all 3 of those guys
He certainly is stronger than all 3 of those guys. There's no question there. Rose would be 2nd strongest, and its really not that close. Wall is easily the fastest of the group, with Westbrook 2nd. Rose is the best scorer, with Westbrook 2nd...and that one is close enough to argue. Defensively, I think I'd want Bledsoe, with Wall 2nd. All 4 of them are scoring PG's, but Rose is the best passer, followed by Westbrook and Bledsoe.
Athletically, John Wall is on a level that few others can match. However, as a PG, he's not in the top 4. You can't have a PG comparison without the best PG in the NBA, anyway, and that is Chris Paul. If I had to put Bledsoe in a ranking of PG's based on what they bring to a team (rather than just pure PG stats, which he'd be even lower at) it'd be:
1. Chris Paul - The best pure PG in the league.
2. Derrick Rose - The best scoring PG in the league, but top 5 as a pure PG as well
3. Russel Westbrook - Very difficult to put him behind Rose. As close to a tie as this list gets.
4. Stephen Curry - Great scoring PG
5. Rajon Rondo - Great pure PG, elite defender, elite passer.
6. Tony Parker - Does everything for his team.
7. Deron Williams - Another pure PG, but stands out above the pack.
8. Where I expect Eric Bledsoe's ceiling to be, if he can stand out from the pack of 15-19 PPG/5-7 APG guys all around the league
9-19 Jrue Holiday, John Wall, Jameer Nelson, Greivis Vasquez, Ricky Rubio, Jeff Teague, Ty Lawson, Damian Lilliard, Brandon Jennings, Jose Calderon, Goran Dragic - The Pack. In no particular order, by the way, as ranking these guys is extremely difficult, they all bring very similar stat lines. These are your decent starters. Bledsoe will likely end up in this group somewhere. He projects (to me anyway) to be an 18/7.5/4/3 guy (PPG/APG/RPG/SPG) and that puts him somewhere around 8-10th in the league.
Certainly worth starting on most teams though.
It's a sticky situation. Rivers wants to coach Bledsoe next season, although it would probably be best for both parties to trade him.
The trade scenario I like most is one that involves the Magic and Arron Afflalo.
Doc supposedly likes O.J. Mayo, and O.J. Mayo is my favorite player. Get it done.
I think the Raptors will make a hard push for him. Maybe Derozan is enough of a trade chip. Doc has always been fond of him !
Bledsoe is for sure top 3 athletic.
For one his built is the best in the NBA far as PG's goes, he's stronger than Rose,Wall, Westbrook, he's just as fast and quick and explosive, Calipari even said Bledsoe was faster than Wall if you want to be honest.
I'm reading on hoopshype right now that they're discussing a sign and trade, Bledsoe for Mayo
Rivers saying he wants to coach Bledsoe is to increase his stock. Bledsoe was as good as gone before Rivers got there. He almost got traded for Bledsoe.
I think that they go the Oj Mayo route but they should probably make a deal with Afflolo. Get Bledsoe out of the conference and get a defensive stopper along with a good scorer at SG. Still I predict a Mavs deal.