To many, Eric Bledsoe will always be the second best point guard on Kentucky’s 2009-2010 team. Overshadowed by the great and flashy John Wall, Bledsoe mostly flew under the radar until he reached the NBA. Now, in his third year, Bledsoe is turning heads with his skill and athleticism, and according to ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, becoming somewhat of a cult hero in the league:
The full effect of Bledsoe can be experienced only when the clock’s running, because Bledsoe is fueled by live basketball — the super-animated stuff we see in the NBA. Most players expend energy when they’re asked to chase people around and sprint the floor and collide with enormous bodies and leap every five seconds for one reason or another and occasionally land awkwardly on thick wood or men holding large cameras, but not Bledsoe. He actually gets stronger, faster and more lethal as he chews up the court at warp speed.
As a result of this peculiar immunity, Bledsoe has become the NBA’s newest cult hero, the kind of player who causes viewers to talk at their LCDs and to insist that non-fans in the house come into the room to witness this pure testimony to basketball.
Part of Bledsoe’s mystique is that he’s only averaging 18.6 minutes per game due to a crowded Clippers backcourt. But, when he’s in, he makes the most of every second, which has fans clamoring for more. With the team moving smoothly with Bledsoe coming off the bench, his playing time probably won’t increase any time soon. Until then, the legend of Bledsoe will continue to grow.