The 2-5 Brooklyn Nets, reeling after losing another game to a team with a quick, young backcourt and a solid center, travel to Phoenix tonight to take on the Phoenix Suns, a team with a quick, young backcourt and a solid center. Uh oh.
The Suns are led by electrifying point guard Eric Bledsoe, who has flourished in his first opportunity as a full-time starter. Bledsoe was a college teammate of John Wall at Kentucky, another point guard that gave the Nets fits in this early season, and he’s cut from the same cloth: young, quick, explosive, and excellent in transition.
Through eight games, the six-foot Bledsoe has averaged 21.1 points, 7.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game, shooting 51.4% from the field and adding one game-winner:
Though the Suns sent Steve Nash away, they haven’t sent away their run-and-gun style, and nearly 20% of their possessions this year have come in transition, via mySynergySports, and score a league-leading 23.2 fast-break points per game. The Nets don’t even average half that.