Apr 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guards Chris Paul (3) Eric Bledsoe (12) and forward Blake Griffin (32) talk during a timeout during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Los Angeles 104-83. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Goran Dragic calls Eric Bledsoe "mini-LeBron James"


The Phoenix Suns acquired former Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe this offseason, helping the Clippers facilitate a trade for former Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks guard J.J. Redick.

Bledsoe, playing mostly as Chris Paul’s backup in his first three years in the NBA,  averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in 76 games last season. He shot 44.5% from the field, 39.7% from beyond the arc and 79.1% from the charity stripe.

Obviously at just 23 years old, Bledsoe has plenty of potential, but Suns guard Goran Dragic has lofty expectations for the former Kentucky star.

“He’s a mini-LeBron James,” Dragic told Suns.com “He’s got that big strength so when he’s in the open court, he’s unstoppable. Like a lot of fans know, I like to play fast basketball. When I get the ball to the other guy, he’s going to run. We’re going to score a lot of points.”

Dragic averaged 14.7 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game last season. He shot 44.3% from the field, 31.9% from three and 74.8% from the free throw line.

The Suns have said they will play Dragic and Bledsoe, a very undersized guard combination, together for stretches. 

Clearly, that excites Dragic.

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