Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe

32-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
GTD
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 10/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After nearly three full seasons in Milwaukee, Bledsoe was dealt to the Pelicans ahead of the 2020-21 campaign in the deal that sent Jrue Holiday to the Bucks. Bledsoe remained a starter in New Orleans, but he saw an overall role reduction. The point guard averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 29.7 minutes. He also shot a rough 42/34/69, which resulted in his worst true-shooting percentage (53.3%) since becoming a full-time starter in 2013-14. The result, unsurprisingly, was Bledsoe posting his worst per-game fantasy production (rank 203) since 2011-12 (rank 327). It was by far the worst per-minute production of his career (rank 304). Some of his woes may have been the result of being used more off-ball for the first time in his career, as he was forced to cater to the needs of Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Bledsoe is not an off-ball player considering his weak three-point percentage and lack of size. As a percentage of his overall shot attempts, Bledsoe shot the second-most corner threes of his career (11%) and had his fewest attempts at the rim (21%). His steal rate has also declined in each of the past three seasons. During the 2021 offseason, Bledsoe was dealt from the Pelicans to the Clippers, where he'll likely either back up Reggie Jackson or start at shooting guard. Either way, there's a good chance he spends a lot of time with the second unit, as he wouldn't often be running the show with the starters when flanked by Reggie Jackson and Paul George. There's an opportunity for Bledsoe to have somewhat of a revival, but it's also fair to wonder if the 31-year-old is hitting a wall due to decreasing athleticism and a poor shot. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $70 million contract extension with the Bucks in March of 2019. Traded to the Pelicans in November of 2020. Traded to the Grizzlies in August of 2021. Traded to the Clippers in August of 2021. Traded to the Trail Blazers in February of 2022.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Eric Bledsoe was born in Birmingham in 1989. The son of Eric Bledsoe Sr. and Maureen Reddick, Bledsoe graduated from Parker High School in Birmingham, where he averaged 20.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 11.5 assists per game during his senior season in 2009 and led his team to a 5A state championship runner-up finish. At Kentucky, Bledsoe averaged 11.3 points and 2.9 assists per game, sharing the floor with the likes of John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. After averaging 15.3 points in four NCAA Tournament contests, Bledsoe was named to the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team. Bledsoe helps run the Eric Bledsoe Foundation, which works in conjunction with The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to "continually improve the community by focusing on the needs of the youth". To that end, he hosts an annual charity basketball game, which has included NBA stars such as Devin Booker, John Wall, Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, and Brandon Knight. More information can be found on Bledsoe's foundation's website, alabamafusion.com. You can follow Eric Bledsoe on Twitter @Ebled2 and on Instagram @Thebledshow Bledsoe joined John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in coach John Calipari's first recruiting class to Kentucky. The 6-1 guard played next to Wall throughout the season and served as the team's shooting guard despite being a natural point guard. He would go on to provide 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals. Bledsoe also put up at least 20 points in four games. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team along with the All-SEC Tournament team. The guard scored 18 points in the win over Mississippi State in the SEC Championship and followed that up with a career-high 29 in the first-round win over East Tennessee State in the NCAA Tournament - including a school record eight three-pointers. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight and Bledsoe averaged 15.3 points on 58.8 percent from the field along with 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals. After one season at Kentucky, he declared for the 2010 Draft.

Won't return this season
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 28, 2022
The Trail Blazers announced Monday that Bledsoe (Achilles) will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
ANALYSIS
Bledsoe hasn't appeared in any games for Portland after coming over from the Clippers in early February. Though the Trail Blazers initially expressed optimism that Bledsoe would have a role for the team, he ultimately didn't make enough progress in his recovery from the injury. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection last week to address the Achilles issue, effectively ending his season. The veteran guard averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 25.2 minutes per contest in 54 games with the Clippers this season.
Read More News
Per Game
Total
Per 36
NBA Per Game Stats
Loading Per Game Stats...
NBA Total Stats
Loading Total Stats...
NBA Per 36 Stats
Loading Per 36 Stats...
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2021 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2020 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2019 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2018 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2017 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
2016 NBA Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
NBA
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Fanball
Dream11
Loading Game Log...
Schedule
By Month
Starting/Off Bench
Days Rest
Vs Opp
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - By Month
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Starting/Off Bench
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Days Rest
Loading Split Stats...
2021 NBA Per Game Split Stats - Vs Opp
Loading Split Stats...
Advanced Stats
Loading Advanced Stats...
Total
Per Game
Per 36
NBA Historical Fantasy Stats
How are these ratings calculated?
Our historical fantasy ratings are standard scores calculated using 8-Category settings with 12 teams and 13 players per team.
Loading Historical Fantasy Stats...
NBA Per Game Historical Fantasy Stats
Loading Per Game Historical Fantasy Stats...
NBA Per 36 Historical Fantasy Stats
Loading Per 36 Historical Fantasy Stats...
Trail Blazers Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Trail Blazers Rotation: Minutes Breakdown
Loading Trail Blazers Rotation Data...
Average Fantasy Points
Average Fantasy Points are determined when Eric Bledsoe was active vs. non-active during the season. Click here to view average fantasy points for a different time period.
Minutes
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Average Minutes...
Loading FanDuel Points...
Loading DraftKings Points...
Loading Yahoo Points...
Loading FantasyDraft Points...
Loading Head2Head Points...
Latest Fantasy Rumors
Expected to stick in Portland
GPortland Trail Blazers
February 18, 2022
Bledsoe, who is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, is expected to stick with Portland for the remainder of the season, Sean Highkin of BleacherReport.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Bledsoe was the headlining name in the Clippers' trade for Norman Powell and Robert Covington, and despite being a prime candidate to be bought out, Trail Blazers interim general manager has made it clear that he wants Bledsoe to stick around for the remainder of the season. When healthy, the veteran point guard is expected to operate as the primary backup point guard to Anfernee Simons while Dennis Smith, who's out at least 3-4 weeks with an elbow injury, and Damian Lillard, whose abdominal injury is expected to be re-evaluated at the beginning of March, remain sidelined.
See All NBA Rumors
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
During the offseason, Bledsoe was dealt from the Bucks to the Pelicans in the deal that brought Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee. About to turn 31 years old, Bledsoe doesn't seem to fit the Pelicans' timeline, and with a lack of an outside shot, he's not an ideal fit with Zion Williamson either. Still, we shouldn't be surprised if Bledsoe finds himself in a sixth-man role. Last season with the Bucks, he saw 27.0 minutes per game, averaging 14.9 points, 5.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds. That kind of workload seems possible with New Orleans, so his fantasy stock might not take a huge dip. He ranked 66th in per-game fantasy production last season. That said, the situation is risky and Bledsoe could have his worst season since he left the Clippers in 2013-14.
In his first full season with the Bucks, Bledsoe was selected to his first All-Defensive team. He ranked 14th in the NBA in total steals and racked up 13 games with at least three swipes. He also set a career high in field-goal percentage (48.4) while averaging 15.9 points, 5.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds in 29.1 minutes. Bledsoe's upside is somewhat capped given the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the point guard could be relied upon more this season given the departure of Malcolm Brogdon. With Brogdon off the court last season, Bledsoe gained 5.6 percent extra usage and averaged 21.1 points, 7.0 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per 36 minutes. While it's unclear if Bledsoe will see more time on the floor with Brogdon gone, it's certainly a possibility. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect huge improvements from Bledsoe in his age 30 season, but his role in the Bucks' offense seems as secure as ever.
Bledsoe spent just three games in Phoenix last season after being shipped to Milwaukee, where he started in all 71 of his appearances. He continued his work as a solid defender and scorer, averaging a combined 2.6 steals/blocks and 17.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting. While he’s not a top-tier three-point shooter (34.9 percent) he hit a career-high 1.7 threes per tilt last season. However, the 28-year-old still isn't much of a distributor, averaging 5.1 assists with the Bucks last year -- his lowest mark since 2012-13. Unless coach Mike Budenholzer drastically changes things, Bledsoe probably won't make strides as a passer this season considering the ball handling responsibilities of Giannis Antetokounmpo (and, to some extent, Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker). When on the court, Bledsoe is a top-30 player, though health concerns remain. By his standards, Bledsoe was healthy for the 2017-18 campaign, but is averaging just 59 games played since he became a full-time starter in 2013-14.
Bledsoe, who’s been injury prone throughout his career, played just 66 games last season due to knee soreness. A large chunk of his missed time came after coach Earl Watson opted to shut Bledsoe down for the remainder of the year on March 16 due to the team being well out of playoff contention. Bledsoe put together a quality season in the games he did play, however, posting 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals across 33.0 minutes per game. He also shot 43.4 percent from the field and drilled 1.6 threes per game at a 33.5 percent clip. The 6-foot-1 point guard has always been lauded as a gritty hustle player and top-tier defender at the position, demonstrated by his aforementioned above average rebounding and steal numbers. While he’s somewhat turnover prone, averaging 3.4 per game last season, his general proficiency across the board helps make up for it. That proficiency also means Bledsoe is no stranger to stuffing the stat sheet for big games, as he recorded seven double-doubles and one triple-double during the 2016-17 campaign. He also put together 12 games with at least 30 points, 13 games with at least three steals and 23 games with at least one block. While there are certainly more efficient and/or traditional choices in Fantasy at the point guard slot, few offer the kind of well-rounded game Bledsoe does, especially on the boards and defense. Assuming Bledsoe can stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe he shouldn’t be a top-15 Fantasy point guard with sneaky top-10 potential.
In his sixth NBA campaign, Bledsoe seemed to be blossoming into a full-fledged star through the season’s first two months. The point guard was holding down career-high averages of 20.4 points, 6.1 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 three-pointers per game over 31 appearances until disaster struck in December. The point guard left a Dec. 26 game with a sprained left knee and was later revealed to have suffered a torn meniscus, which required season-ending surgery. With their best playmaker off the court, the Suns predictably went into free-fall mode, limping to a 23-59 finish. It was the second time in three years that Bledsoe had suffered a meniscus injury after having previously torn up the right knee in 2013-14, putting the onus on the 26-year-old to shed the ‘injury-prone’ label as he enters the upcoming season. By all accounts, Bledsoe has progressed well in the rehab process and was taking part in five-on-five work prior to training camp, so it doesn’t look like he’ll enter the season with any restrictions. Concerns about Bledsoe’s knee issues resurfacing are certainly warranted, but when he’s on the court, few fantasy point guards can stack up with him. Along with providing a bounty of counting stats, Bledsoe holds his own in the percentage categories with career marks of 44.7 percent from the field and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. Those who are risk averse may want to stay away from investing an early-round pick or significant portion of their auction budget in Bledsoe, but his upside will surely be too tantalizing for some owners to pass up.
After signing a new deal last summer, Bledsoe enters 2015-16 as the face of a franchise that has seen considerable turnover in just a year's span. He began last season in a crowded, but talented, backcourt that also included Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, a three-point-guard experiment that ultimately floundered as Phoenix failed to take the next step in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. By season's end, Dragic and Thomas had been moved, as the Suns opted to go in a new direction, bringing in Brandon Knight from Milwaukee to be Bledsoe's running mate of the future. While injuries limited Knight to only 11 games in a Suns uniform, Bledsoe enjoyed a strong season, starting a career-best 81 games and averaging 17.0 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.2 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. Bledsoe shot 45 percent from the floor, a hair above his career average, but he took a slight step back from beyond the arc, converting only 32 percent of his three-point attempts. The Suns are one of the league's biggest mysteries heading into the season, especially given what's transpired with standout forward Markieff Morris, the team's second-leading scorer last season. If Morris' wish to be moved is granted, Bledsoe will be asked to take on an even greater offensive burden. He'll team with Knight to form one of the West's best young backcourts, and the pair figure to split playmaking and ball-handling duties. Knight is the better catch-and-shoot player, however, so Bledsoe figures to spend more time on the ball.
Bledsoe is entering his fifth year in the NBA and his second with the Suns. Despite missing 39 games to injury last season, Bledsoe put together some solid numbers when healthy. He averaged a career-best 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 33 minutes per game. Bledsoe shot an impressive 48 percent from the field on 12.9 attempts, 36 percent from beyond the arc on 3.3 attempts, and 77 percent from the free-throw line on 5.5 attempts per game. While he has not officially signed his free agent tender yet, the Suns are set to match any offer his receives, with the likely scenario being Bledsoe returns to Phoenix on a one-year deal. However, the possibility of a trade still looms, with the Suns' offseason acquisition of Isaiah Thomas lending credence to the belief that they're prepared to move on without offering Bledsoe a max or near-max deal. In any case, assuming he returns to Phoenix, Bledsoe will likely retain his starting guard spot, as well as the potential for some major production. He carries the potential to combine efficient scoring with elite-level steals numbers and sneaky rebound and assist totals. Injuries are a concern, but if healthy, Bledsoe is a candidate to have a big 2014-15 season.
Bledsoe has shown glimpses of big-time potential in his first three NBA seasons, but as a backup to Chris Paul on a very deep Clipper team, his opportunities to play were (rightfully) limited. That changes this season. Bledsoe was dealt to the Suns as part of the three-way deal that sent Caron Butler to Milwaukee and Jared Dudley to LA. On what promises to be a pretty bad Phoenix team, Bledsoe will get all the playing time he can handle. Is he up to the challenge? His per-36 numbers say yes – his averages last season would translate to 14.9 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 boards on a per-36 basis. That's probably optimistic, but cut those totals by 15 or 20 percent and you'd still have a pretty good player. An important trend to watch: Bledsoe shot just under 30 percent from long range in his first two NBA seasons, but hit at a 40 percent clip last year. Improvement? Or a statistical aberration based on small sample size (just 31 makes on the year). Bledsoe is a point guard by trade, but it appears he'll start in the Suns backcourt alongside Goran Dragic as the nominal shooting guard.
The real question for Bledsoe in the upcoming season will be, “How much playing time is he going to get?” Bledsoe played only 11.6 minutes per game last season and though he didn’t put up superb numbers, coach Vinny Del Negro never really allowed him to get into a rhythm in the regular season. The postseason, however, was Bledsoe’s coming out party. Del Negro played him 17.2 minutes per game and the second-year guard averaged 16.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per 36 minutes. If Bledsoe continues to improve – and he’s only 22 – he could end up seeing plenty of more playing time in the upcoming season, especially considering he is probably the best perimeter defender on the roster.
This off-season wasn’t kind to the young Bledsoe. First, he had surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee, and will miss the beginning of the season. And now he has not just one, but two veteran guards in front of him on the depth chart. Unless injury strikes, or either Chauncey Billups or Mo Williams gets traded, then there is no reason to draft Bledsoe in 2011-12.
Bledsoe was drafted for his talent and potential as a future point guard in the NBA, but he isn’t likely to contribute much for the Clippers this season. He’s a great shooter, but he turns the ball over too often and is an unproven facilitator.
More Fantasy News
Remains sidelined Monday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 27, 2022
Bledsoe (Achilles) is out Monday against Oklahoma City, Jamie Hudson of KOIN 6 News Portland reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Still out Saturday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 26, 2022
Bledsoe (Achilles) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Rockets.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Absence continues Wednesday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 23, 2022
Bledsoe (Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Out again Monday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 21, 2022
Bledsoe (Achilles) has been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Pistons, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Remains sidelined Sunday
GPortland Trail Blazers
Achilles
March 19, 2022
Bledsoe (Achilles) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pacers, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.