lonea wrote:he's not a starter material... he had all the years to lead in Phoenix, but he couldn't get it done.
In his first year with them, he and Dragic led the Suns to 48 wins when they were expected to win ~20 and their 3rd-best player was either Gerald Green or Channing Frye. They came back to earth the next season but still won 39 in the very tough west with an even worse supporting cast. He had an RPM between 3 and 4 his first two years there, which is borderline top 20 in a typical season. And let's not forget how awful management was after that 48-win season (trading for and maxing out Brandon Knight, trading for Isaiah Thomas so they'd have 3 pg's, etc). Very few players would have done much for the Phoenix team after Sarver started systematically destroying them from within.
He had two lost seasons because of meniscus injuries after that, but still managed to average 20 ppg and 6 apg when he did play those two seasons, which only a handful of other players in the NBA did during that time (I think the list was basically Harden, Westbrook, Lillard, Curry, and probably 1 or 2 others that I'm forgetting).
He's still a pretty effective player. You're vastly underrating the value of his defense if you're saying he's not a starter. His worst basketball is still all-but-guaranteed to be a top-50 player just by virtue of how hard it is to find anyone who can truly contain some of the great off-the-dribble scorers currently dominating the NBA. Many fans don't pay attention to all aspects of a player's defense and they underrate Bledsoe because of his warts on offense. In a good year, his RPM is going to be 3-4, and it was nearly 4 last year (11th in the entire NBA). It's not a fluke either, as he was close to +4 several times before that.
He's just a terrible fit with Giannis because neither one of them can shoot and both are at their best in a 4-out offense. They also don't have guys who play off the ball very well, which hurts both Bledsoe and Giannis a lot. I've often hoped they'd start George Hill and give Bledsoe 28 mpg off the bench so he wouldn't be playing with Giannis as much, but it's clearly time to move on. Hill was terrible in the bubble and isn't getting any younger, so he's not going to be a regular starter going forward.
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