Eric Bledsoe is a professional basketball player whose NBA career dates back to 2010. He was a first-round contender for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 NBA draft but switched to the LA Clippers where he spent the first three years of his career. He also spent over four years with the Phoenix Suns before joining the Milwaukee Bucks in November 2017.
Eric Bledsoe Biography
The baller was born on December 9, 1989, in Birmingham, Alabama. His parents are Maureen Reddick and Eric Bledsoe Sr. He was raised single-handedly by his mother and taught at Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Among other highlights of his high school basketball career, Bledsoe averaged 20.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 11.5 assists per game in his senior year, which helped the school finish second in the 5A State Championship. He was widely regarded as a 5-star recruit and was ranked #3 point guard in his 2009 high school class.
Bledsoe played one season of college basketball with the University of Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team. He finished his first season with an average of 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 37 events (35 starts). His performance earned him the selection of the Sporting News SEC All-Freshman Team. The talented player entered the NBA Draft in April 2010, waiving his remaining 3 years of college eligibility.
Career Stats, Injury
Eric Bledsoe was ranked 18th in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by Oklahoma City Thunder, and his drafting rights were sold to Los Angeles Clippers, where he began his professional career.
In his first season with the LA Clippers, Bledsoe played 81 games with 25 starts and averaged 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in 22.7 minutes per game. His performance earned him the NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection. However, his playing time was cut short in his second season, and his goal difference average dropped to 3.3 points per game. In his third and final season (2012-13) with the Clippers, he earned more playing time, averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
Bledsoe was transferred to the Phoenix Suns in July 2013 in a three-way multiplayer deal that marked the beginning of his nearly five seasons with the team. Due to multiple shin injuries, the NBA star was limited to only 43 games with 40 starts in the 2013-14 season, averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game. He had a brilliant 2014-15 season in which the Suns started in all 81 games and averaged 17 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.
Despite a good start, Bledsoe’s 2015-16 NBA season derailed when he sustained a knee injury at the end of the season in December 2015. He averaged 20.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in 31 games. He returned to the team at the beginning of the 2016-17 season and ended the season with a career-high of 21.1 points and 6.3 assists per game.
Bledsoe played only 3 games with the Phoenix Suns in the 2017-18 season before he was transferred to the Milwaukee Bucks in November 2017. The NBA star earned a regular-season when he joined the Bucks, and he played an average of 17.8 points and 3.9 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game in 71 games with the team for the rest of the 2017-18 season. He also played 7 games with the Bucks in the 2018 NBA playoffs, averaging 13.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Eric Bledsoe is currently married to his high school sweetheart Morgan Poole. She is a licensed cosmetologist and hairdresser and also has her own line of hair extensions ‘MORE by Morgan’.
After several years of dating, the duo announced their engagement in August 2016, and almost a year later they tied the knot. They were married on July 1, 2017, in Bledsoe’s hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, in a lavish wedding ceremony. They have 2 children together. The couple welcomed their first child in 2012, a daughter named Ariana, and in 2015 their second child was born, a son named Ethan.
Eric Bledsoe Salary
As early as 2014, Eric Bledsoe signed a 5-year, $70 million contracts with the Phoenix Suns that would run until 2019. With the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA star now receives a whopping $15 million for the 2018-19 season, at the end of which he would become an unrestricted free agent.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Eric Bledsoe stands at a height of 185 cm (6 feet 1 inch). The NBA star is known for his well-carved body frame and holds a bodyweight of 93 kg (205 lb). A natural point guard, he is known for his combination of speed, power, and impressive ball handling. He is also known for being good on defense.