Eric Bledsoe is an American professional basketball player who has shown his ability to excel in more than one club. Having plied his trade across different teams over the years, Eric has frequently wowed fans with his incredible stamina on the court. Often described as the ‘baller with class’, Eric is adored by many of his teeming followers on social media who consider him the perfect gentleman off the court.
Even though he can play the shooting guard position, he now plays point guard position for the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Over the years, he has proven to be a most reliable team member of the Bucks, as they are fondly called.
Who is Eric Bledsoe?
Eric Bledsoe was born on the 9th of December, 1989 in Birmingham, Alabama. His father has been identified as Eric Bledsoe Sr and his mother’s name is Maureen Reddick. According to sources, he and his two siblings were raised by their mother alone as their father was absent. She worked several jobs to be able to do this.
Eric began to play basketball when he was quite little and showed a lot of promise with his records in high school. Eric attended Parker High School which is located in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2008-09, while a high school senior, Eric helped to lead Parker to the runner-up finish at a 5A state championship after he managed to average 20.3 points, 11.5 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game. He was later ranked as the 23rd player in the entire USA in 2009.
When Eric graduated from high school, he joined the University of Kentucky and played for the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. He played only the 2009-10 season with Kentucky and was very impressive on the court as he managed to average 11.3 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 37 games.
In April 2010, after just one season with the University of Kentucky, Eric declared for the NBA draft; and in so doing, he forewent his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility.
NBA Career Stats
Eric Bledsoe turned pro in 2010 when he got selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 18th overall pick in the very first round of the NBA draft. However, he was soon traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
In his first season with the Clippers, Eric Bledsoe did not disappoint fans at all. He started 25 games and managed to average 6.7 points and 3.6 assists. Because of this feat, he was consequently selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. However, despite his sterling first season, Eric did not do so well in the second season. He was only able to play for 11 minutes per game and had only one start. When the third season started, Eric bounced back to form and his statistics rose as he managed to average 8.5 points, 3.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game. He was eventually selected to take part in the 2013 All-Star Game’s Slam Dunk Contest.
When the 2013–14 season began, Eric Bledsoe along with one of his teammates was traded to the Phoenix Suns in a three-way player deal. He eventually went on to play for the Phoenix Suns for nearly five seasons. During his first season with the Suns, Bledsoe started out fiercely; for instance, in his first game, he scored 22 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds, in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He also hit his first ever game-winning shot in his second game for the team. However, he soon suffered a shin injury which ended up limiting him to appearing in only 43 games with 40 starts. Despite this, he was still phenomenal in the games he played, even setting a new NBA career high point record when he scored 30 points in a match against the Portland Trail Blazers.
In the 2014-15 season, Eric had a great start and went on to record his first ever career triple-double when he scored 27 points, had 16 assists and 11 rebounds against the Los Angeles Clippers. Overall, during the season, he averaged 17 points, 6.1 assists and a career-high 5.2 rebounds per game.
Even though he started quite well during the 2015-16 season, Eric suffered a season-ending knee injury in December 2015 and was devastated by it. However, before he left, he managed to average 20.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 31 appearances. After returning to action in the 2016-17 season, he did quite well, ending it with career-highs of 6.3 assists and 21.1 points per game.
In the 2017-18 season, Eric got traded to the Milwaukee Bucks after playing only three games with the Phoenix Suns. While with the Bucks, he started getting regular play time, ending the season with an average of 17.8 points 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game after featuring in 71 games.
Eric has enjoyed an influx of money over the years in his playing career. In 2014, he signed a 5-year deal with Phoenix Suns which earned him a whopping $70 million. When he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2018, he earned $15 million for the 2018-19 season. With a new contract in 2019, the athlete is set to earn $70 million over four years.
Wife and Family Details
Eric Bledsoe is married to Morgan Poole, his high school sweetheart. Morgan and Eric dated for several years before announcing their engagement in August 2016. They then tied the knot on July 1, 2017, during a lavish wedding ceremony in Birmingham, Alabama.
The couple now has two children together; a son called Ethan and a daughter named Ariana.
Height & Weight
Eric Bledsoe is a tall man, as expected of a basketball player. He currently stands at 6 ft 1 inch in height; he towers over many of his peers as a result. He also has a bodyweight of 93 kg or 205 lb. The athlete is adored by female fans for having a well-chiseled body, which he shows off sometimes on social media.