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Suns’ Dragic says Eric Bledsoe is “mini-LeBron James”

Aug 27, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless AP

I’m as big a fan of Eric Bledsoe as the next guy, but…

The Suns acquired Bledsoe to be part of their rebuilding going forward, but this season they are planning to start him and Goran Dragic for stretches together. Phoenix wants to run so you can call this “going small” but you can bet other teams will try to target the undersized backcourt (Bledsoe is 6’1”, Dragic 6’4”).

Miami gets away with going small because they have LeBron James. He covers up a lot of problems on both ends of the court. Dragic told that he thinks the Suns new backcourt will work for much the same reason.

“He’s a mini-LeBron James,” Dragic said of Bledsoe. “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.”

Score points? Yes. Mini-LeBron? Well… um…

Bledsoe has a lot of potential, we’ll see how he does out of Chris Paul’s shadow and in and up-tempo system that suits him. Fantasy players should consider him. But that’s a long way from mini-LeBron.

The Suns are in the “woeful for Wiggins” parade this season and likely will be around 20 wins. How far above that number they could climb will depend a lot on how that Bledsoe/Dragic backcourt works out.

For it to work much at all Bledsoe is going to have to be the LeBron of the Suns — the strong perimeter defender who can make a lot of other things work, too. No pressure though.

  1. sellahh - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Russel got that title wrapped up, imho.

    • money2long - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      derrick rose does mirror a mini leron more than westbrook actually. russell is too wild and erratic, while rose seems in control and decisive.

  2. paleihe - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    This isn’t anything new. Chris Paul called him a mini-Lebron also, last season.

  3. allthewaylive1 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    No comment…

  4. miamatt - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Before we all rush to judgement, we should keep in mind that Bledsoe DID stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

  5. abchome - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Bledsoe is certainly no Lebron. But he has been called “mini-Lebron” for some time by not only his teammates but also Lebron himself as well, for his athleticisim and shot blocking ability specifically. Search youtube for “Bledsoe block Lebron” and “Bledsoe block Wade” and see why Lebron was impressed and called him “mini-Lebron” after the “Bledsoe block Wade” game.

  6. robertbayer3741 - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    I had no idea that Bledsoe, much like LBJ: (1) dove to ground after brushing against a defensive player so he could pick up an easy fake foul; (2) drove his forearm hard into the chest of offensive players on a regular basis and yet is never called for a foul because the refs just allow for him being strong, albeit they do not do that for any other non C-Heat player; (3) cries to the refs on any play he fails on regardless of what happened, even if a non-call when LBJ actually should have been called for a foul.

    Will have to watch Bledsoe more to see how good this comparison to LBJ is ..

  7. skinsfanwill - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    He better get Rebounds, Assists, and score a bunch for him to be called mini-Lebron in my book. Right now he is just a Harold Minor until he actually does something.

  8. mickdamill - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    No pressure is right, I just want to see him and Dragic hit the court and make Suns basketball exciting to watch again.

  9. 22yearsagotoday - Aug 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Mini-Me is impressed.

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