Instead of blogging about the Turkish Leagure or what’s happening in China, the NBA bloggers over at ESPN have been filling their locked out summer with a team-specific series of five questions. Yesterday, they took a look at the Los Angeles Clippers. Most of the conversation centered around Blake Griffin and just how high his ceiling is and how long he’d remain in town. One question though had a little local flavor as the five bloggers questioned if Eric Bledsoe is really the point guard of the future for LA’s second team. Bledsoe finished his rookie campaign with averages of 6.7 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game while shooting 42.4% from the floor.
Here’s what the powerful minds at the Worldwide Leader thought about his potential (and Al-Farouq Aminu):
4. Fact or Fiction: Bledsoe and Aminu are the future 1 and 3 for L.A.
Jovan Buha, ClipperBlog: Fiction. Bledsoe is a terrific off-the-bench, change-of-pace combo guard, but asking him to start may be too much. Aminu, on the other hand, is more talented, but lacks consistency and is turnover-prone. Both can eventually start; it’s just a matter of whether they’ll deserve to, which seems unlikely.
Nick Flynt, ClipperBlog: Fiction. I’d love, LOVE to believe in Bledsoe or Aminu as future starters, but neither one of them has shown enough actual basketball ability to make me buy into that. To bet on both of them panning out would be crazier than the most ridiculous Vegas prop bet Bill Simmons has ever considered.
Jordan Heimer, ClipperBlog: Fact … but only if the Clippers are patient. They’re both tremendous athletes, with rookie seasons marred (unsurprisingly) by inconsistency. Bledsoe has a bad habit of driving into the teeth of a set defense, while Aminu struggles with an erratic shot. A barrage of late-season scoring showed that Bledsoe may be closer, but — eventually — it’s Aminu who could become something really special.
Breene Murphy, ClipperBlog: Half-fact. Barring a miraculous pickup of CP3 or Deron, I think Bledsoe is the future point. However, with the SF depth in the next draft and the Clippers’ opportunity to pick up a quick fix by trading Kaman, Aminu might find himself playing off the bench or playing for another team.
Charlie Widdoes, ClipperBlog: Presently, that’s a fact. I’m a big believer in Bledsoe (think it’s easier to get someone to slow down than speed up) and think Aminu has great potential as a 4 in small lineups. We could see Minnesota’s first-rounder turn into one of these, though, either in the draft or through a trade.
Clearly they have not all been paying attention. The kid knows how to get s–t right.