Although their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night eliminated them from playoff contention, the Phoenix Suns have a lot to be happy about this season.
Plenty of young players showed marked improvement and perhaps their brightest future star is guard Eric Bledsoe, even though he missed 39 games this season after undergoing meniscus surgery.
According to Paul Coro of AZCentral Sports, Bledsoe’s performance since returning from his injury has increased his value.
The way Bledsoe has risen to the occasion over the past two weeks has shown the Suns and their fans — and, perhaps most importantly, Bledsoe — just how special he can be. Bledsoe is figuring out his stardom on the same timeline as the Suns and their fans.
He is only 24 years old, is in his first season as a starter, has lost 39 games to injury and is coming off knee surgery. He just posted his best three career scoring games in a span of nine nights when the pressure was on the most. Bledsoe came within an assist of his first triple-double, and within a free throw of three 30-point games
In 42 games, Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.