Eric Bledsoe excited to play for potential contender in Milwaukee

Nov 8, 2017, 8:40 AM | Updated: 9:02 am
Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives on Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in t...

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) drives on Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Phoenix. Phoenix defeated Charlotte 120-103. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
LISTEN: Eric Bledsoe, Milwaukee Bucks' and Former Suns' Guard

Former Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is on to a new challenge after being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks onTuesday, but with it comes a far greater potential reward than what he was working with in Phoenix.

Now, instead of being the leader of a struggling, rebuilding team, Bledsoe is an integral part of the Bucks’ push toward a deep playoff run.

Bledsoe is excited to play for his new team.

“I love everything about the Milwaukee situation,” Bledsoe said Tuesday on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Burns & Gambo show. “Jason Kidd, who has had tremendous success, to help me and I can learn from at that position and to play alongside a great player like Giannis (Antetokounmpo) and the other guys as well.”

The large part of that challenge is going to be how Bledsoe gels with the Bucks’ current pieces.

A score-first point guard in Phoenix, his role isn’t clear at the time of the deal.

Antetokounmpo is one of the 10 best players in the NBA, making his 33.8 usage percentage entering Tuesday, the third-highest in the league, deserved. He’s averaging 31 points, 9.9 rebounds and five assists a game for the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo is a dominant ball-handler, and the team’s other wing scorer, Khris Middleton, also gets his fair share of the rock, checking in with a 26.6 usage percentage, 34th in the NBA. That’s also not including scoring forward Jabari Parker, who is out after tearing his ACL and is expected to return sometime in the second half of the season.

Bledsoe should have no problem getting most of the touches in the backcourt. Malcolm Brogdon and Tony Snell are more supplementary pieces and great shooters who can play off him. Both check in at a usage percentage of under 20 percent, which rank in the bottom half among starting NBA guards.

They are both unlike Bledsoe, who is at his best with the ball in his hands. The situation is not only a challenge for Bledsoe but for head coach Jason Kidd to get everyone their fair share of touches.

One thing is for sure, though, and that’s the Bucks needing Bledsoe to take another step. Despite Antetokounmpo making another leap as an All-Star player this season, Milwaukee is 4-6 after a loss Tuesday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bledsoe will make the Bucks better and a postseason threat in the Eastern Conference.

“With my type of skill-set on the team we can do something special,” he said.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket as Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns defe...
Arizona Sports

Report: Kevin Durant tells Nets owner to pick him or coach, GM

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant reportedly met with team owner Joe Tsai in London on Saturday and reiterated his trade request.
13 hours ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
13 hours ago
Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns throws up a shot during the second half of the NBA game at ...
Kellan Olson

Suns’ Cam Johnson to coach at Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia

Cam Johnson will be coaching some of the top prospects from the Asia-Pacific region at a Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia.
3 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after a teammate scored against the Los Angeles Lakers...
Kevin Zimmerman

Ish Wainright on Suns return, when NFL career was toast and Game 7

Ish Wainright hit on a few topics on Bickley & Marotta, including how he feels the Suns have responded to their Game 7 loss.
4 days ago
Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker’s signature Phoenix Suns moves tracked for NBA 2K23

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will grace the cover of NBA 2K23 and the game will feature his signature moves.
5 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference...
Kellan Olson

Ish Wainright returns to Phoenix Suns on 2-way contract, per report

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-way contract with forward Ish Wainright, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
6 days ago
Eric Bledsoe excited to play for potential contender in Milwaukee