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    Like Marcus Johnson says Bledsoe cause I said so, signs a 4 year extension for $70 Mil. I like this move for years 1,2 and 3, but a 4th year at that price might be pushing it a little. No sense worrying about that now though. We have our PG and defensive leader under lock and key. I like the fact that he came out and played one of his best games after signing this deal.

    Certainly his 3 point shooting is not where we'd like it to be, but his defense and tough play are needed. Most would say that all the other FA's should have been prioritized ahead of Bledsoe, but I disagree. Bledsoe is the only player on this team capable of defending the elite PG's in this league and is the biggest key to this team going deep into the playoffs. We know what we're going to get from Giannis, but Bledsoe will determine how far this team can go.

    $15 Mil next season is a bearable price tag and it locks up the position that appeared to be the weakest going into the offseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HacksawButch View Post
    Like Marcus Johnson says Bledsoe cause I said so, signs a 4 year extension for $70 Mil. I like this move for years 1,2 and 3, but a 4th year at that price might be pushing it a little. No sense worrying about that now though. We have our PG and defensive leader under lock and key. I like the fact that he came out and played one of his best games after signing this deal.

    Certainly his 3 point shooting is not where we'd like it to be, but his defense and tough play are needed. Most would say that all the other FA's should have been prioritized ahead of Bledsoe, but I disagree. Bledsoe is the only player on this team capable of defending the elite PG's in this league and is the biggest key to this team going deep into the playoffs. We know what we're going to get from Giannis, but Bledsoe will determine how far this team can go.

    $15 Mil next season is a bearable price tag and it locks up the position that appeared to be the weakest going into the offseason.
    Good signing Bledsoe would have commanded more in offseason on open market IMO. Also, I wasn't ever worried about the order. I think having 5 FAs in general was daunting so having 1 less is nice. I also think helps Bucks brass and Giannis say, look, now both me and Bled have taken less $$$ to stay cuz something special going on here....will (insert name) follow our lead? I think will ask Midd to take $23 or less mill if not see ya. A lot to like with the deal. Can probably cross Kemba off list of potential FAs Bucks would pursue.

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    Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe had a rough run of it in the playoffs this past spring. However, if the team is going to reach its potential, they need him to be elite in the 2019-20 season.

    With training camp now underway, the 2019-20 NBA season is nearly upon us.

    One Milwaukee Bucks player who is surely chomping at the bit to get back on the court is starting point guard, Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe had what can only being described as a rocky season in 2018-19.

    Through the end of January, Bledsoe was arguably the Bucks’ second best player behind the eventual league MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. In fact, I made the argument at the time that he, not Khris Middleton, deserved to join Antetokounmpo in Charlotte for the NBA All-Star game.

    Not that long after that, the Milwaukee Bucks gave Bledsoe their full vote of confidence when they signed him to a four year contract extension at the beginning of March, just a few months before he was set to enter free agency.

    Outside of a brief run that month, where he struggled with scoring at the rim as efficiently as he had earlier in the season, he was excellent. It seemed, going into the post-season, that Bledsoe had exercised the demons from his disastrous 2018 playoff performances against the Boston Celtics.

    Unfortunately, once the Bucks got past the first round, things went off the rails again for Bledsoe. He had several volatile performances for the team in their 4-1 destruction of the Boston Celtics. Bledsoe was serviceable in several games in that series, but he was still performing at a level significantly below his regular season production.

    Then, when they needed Bledsoe most in the Eastern Conference Finals, he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with his shot. Bledsoe became virtually unplayable in the final games of the series. His struggles helped to play a major role in why the Bucks lost after leading the series 2-0.

    The Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff run this past spring worked as a jarring reminder of how just how important the supporting cast around Antetokounmpo is.

    When everything was clicking, the Bucks were, by many statistical measures, the league’s best team last season, even during the playoffs. When the supporting cast struggled, especially with their shot from three, their offensive system collapsed and they had no alternative approach to fall back on.

    Eric Bledsoe, more than any other player in that supporting cast, held the key to their success. If he had been firing on all cylinders in the Eastern Conference Finals, Bledsoe could have out-dueled Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet, putting the Bucks over the top.

    If Bledsoe had been even league average from the floor in that series, the Raptors couldn’t have played a defensive scheme that allowed players like Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry to cheat into the lanes and break things up. That would have likely resulted in a Bucks victory in such a tight series.

    Bledsoe’s importance to the team has only gone up since then. With Malcolm Brogdon’s departure over the summer, the Bucks lost their best spot-up shooter and a fantastic secondary creator. With fewer high quality options to fall back on at the guard positions, the Bucks cannot afford another major collapse in shooting from Eric Bledsoe at ANY point this season. Such struggles could be the difference between Milwaukee getting home court throughout the playoffs again, or falling back to teams, like Boston and Indiana, who may take a step forward after their off-season acquisitions.

    The key to Bledsoe being a consistent contributor is for him to be steady from three. Last season, Bledsoe was very strong on pull-up threes (38.1 percent on 2.1 attempts per game), but he shot quite poorly on spot-ups (29.3 percent on 2.5 attempts per game). Those numbers were the reverse the season before (39 percent on three catch-and shoot three attempts versus 26.5 percent on 1.6 pull-up attempts per game).

    If Bledsoe can get his percentages into the 35-37 percent range on both types of attempts, especially on the volume of threes he takes, that should stop defenders from being able to play off of him when he’s off the ball. That would prevent the kind of scheme the Raptors were able to execute from working again.

    Bledsoe’s other skills are very strong. He’s one of the best in the league when driving and finishing at the rim. His defense was All-NBA level last year too. Bledsoe just needs to trust his skills, and his teammates, in key spots.

    He’s shown at many points during his career that he can duel with the best of them at an extremely deep and talented position. It’s just a matter of him finding that confidence and consistency when in matters most.
    https://behindthebuckpass.com/2019/1...d-key-success/


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