Eric Bledsoe, John Hollingers top playoff breakout player

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Hey Ron or anybody else with ESPN Insider can we get this plz?

"Playoff risers: Whose stock is up?"

It's a Hollinger article and I know for a fact Bledsoe is in there. Full article would be nice but at least copy/paste Bledsoe section and tell us his rank?

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I think we did this a long time ago,,,let me check

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Yea Ron you've done it a couple times for us. Would be appreciated.

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I thought we had done this article,,,here is the Eric part:

Eric Bledsoe, Clippers

He still doesn't have a position, but apparently, it doesn't matter. Bledsoe was the breakout performer of the playoffs after turning the Clippers' first-round series against Memphis into L.A.'s favor with his suffocating defense and surprisingly efficient offense. He also provided the few bursts of good news for the Clips in the sweep by San Antonio.

Bledsoe's weaknesses -- running the offense and outside shooting -- didn't hurt as much in the postseason because he was playing off the ball more and made a few more jumpers, hitting 54.7 percent in the playoffs after clocking at 38.9 percent in the regular season. He also cut his turnover rate sharply, although he still has a long way to go there.

But all that misses the major point: His defense has become absolutely suffocating, with his ball pressure handcuffing Memphis' guards in particular. For the playoffs he posted a phenomenal 22.55 PER, but he would have had value with a number half that high -- his regular-season figure (11.24) -- because his defense was so good.

As a result, the 22-year-old enters the summer as the biggest trade chip in the Clippers' arsenal, should they choose to deploy it.

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Naw man that's from today. Thank you.

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the entire thing: It's the playoffs, and everything is magnified ... including the impact these games have on the offseason. Not only are all the fans watching, so are all the GMs and coaches -- especially the ones whose seasons have ended and are now twiddling their thumbs watching grainy tape of potential second-round picks in between playoff games. It's not without reason, either. Watching players in a playoff environment can give a new appreciation for those who fill specific roles, especially for players who aren't stars. And obviously, it adds something to see them do it against the highest level of competition -- there aren't any Bobcats and Kings to kick around here. That cuts both ways, however. In the playoffs we also see weaknesses highlighted by opposing coaches that game-plan to highlight them. And we've seen some players' limitations showcased much more brightly in the light of a more talented opponent. Which takes us to today's topic: Those who have raised their stock for the offseason via their performance in the playoffs. I'm looking specifically at young players who can be trade pieces and rising free agents today, and we're focusing on those who gave us new information during the past three-plus weeks. In other words, don't expect to see Kevin Durant on this list -- we already knew he was good. But Eric Bledsoe? That's another story. And with that, it's on to the "risers" -- those who have dramatically increased their trade and free-agent value with their postseason efforts. Eric Bledsoe, Clippers He still doesn't have a position, but apparently, it doesn't matter. Bledsoe was the breakout performer of the playoffs after turning the Clippers' first-round series against Memphis into L.A.'s favor with his suffocating defense and surprisingly efficient offense. He also provided the few bursts of good news for the Clips in the sweep by San Antonio. Bledsoe's weaknesses -- running the offense and outside shooting -- didn't hurt as much in the postseason because he was playing off the ball more and made a few more jumpers, hitting 54.7 percent in the playoffs after clocking at 38.9 percent in the regular season. He also cut his turnover rate sharply, although he still has a long way to go there. But all that misses the major point: His defense has become absolutely suffocating, with his ball pressure handcuffing Memphis' guards in particular. For the playoffs he posted a phenomenal 22.55 PER, but he would have had value with a number half that high -- his regular-season figure (11.24) -- because his defense was so good. As a result, the 22-year-old enters the summer as the biggest trade chip in the Clippers' arsenal, should they choose to deploy it. Darren Collison, Pacers Among players with at least 100 playoff minutes, the top four in player efficiency rating are LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Durant and Tim Duncan. You know who's fifth? Darren Collison! It's true; he's been a huge catalyst for an otherwise deficient Indiana second unit throughout the postseason, helping himself immensely as he heads into extension talks this summer. The....

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I've always loved Bledsoe, even as a rookie. You could just tell he had amazing athleticism. He's built like a mini-ox. His defense is already amazing but as he learns how to play the game more, he can be a dominating defender if he wants to be. His foot quickness and lateral movement is about as good as anyone and he can pretty much keep any PG in front of him. It's almost unreal.

I look for big things from him next year as out back up PG.

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