Video: Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe dunks on Mavs’ Maxi Kleber
There was a time when Eric Bledsoe was one of the most explosive young guards in the league.
Unfortunately, knee injuries have taken a toll on Bledsoe, making him a shell of the physical force he once was, but he is still a productive player, and a guy can who still throw it down on someone every now and then.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 21, 2019
Bledsoe entered the day averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals over 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor, 31.3 percent from three-point range and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The 29-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (18th pick overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Obviously, Bledsoe was not going to get much of an opportunity behind Chris Paul in Los Angeles, so after three years, the Clippers traded Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns, where he finally had the opportunity to start.
He was limited to just 43 games during his first season with the Suns due to knee issues and actually played just one full season during his four-year stint in Phoenix.
However, when he was on the floor, he was very effective, averaging over 20 points per game twice for the Suns and living at the free-throw line.
Three games into his fifth season with Phoenix, Bledsoe asked for a trade, and the Suns obliged, dealing him to the Bucks.