Eric Bledsoe could be an All-Star candidate with increased playing time

Eric Bledsoe - Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
Eric Bledsoe – Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

He’s always had the athletic gifts, but now he’s started to develop point guard habits, finding open cutters and shooters, connecting with and DeAndre Jordan for lobs. He looks much more comfortable controlling the offense than ever before.

Bledsoe has been a statistical anomaly so far this season. His per-36 minute stats are in line with his starting numbers, suggesting he could be an All-Star candidate with increased playing time.

He started — and performed well — during Paul’s recent injury stint. He averages 18.5 minutes with Paul having returned to the starting lineup. With more traditional shooting guards on the roster — Jamal Crawford, Willie Green and now a healthy Chauncey Billups — Vinny Del Negro has opted to mainly deploy Bledsoe at point guard, and rarely alongside Paul.

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