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The best Clipper to wear No. 12

Chris Paul’s early backup

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14 players have worn No. 12 in franchise history. The first to rock it was Jim Washington in 1975, and the most recent was Ty Wallace back in 2018. Today, we’ll be taking a look back at Eric Bledsoe during his time in Los Angeles.

Bledsoe was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 18th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Clippers. He was with LA for the first three seasons of his career, wearing No. 12 for all of them.

Though he only averaged seven points and three assists a game, many knew that he’d eventually blossom into a star, which he has done since leaving LA. In his three years with the Clips, Bledsoe only made 38 starts for the Clippers, but that was expected. Bledsoe’s role was to be a backup point guard to Chris Paul, and he did a great job at doing that.

He averaged just less than 20 minutes a game, but was an explosive boost off the bench. In addition to scoring and dishing out assists, he also grabbed three rebounds a game and played amazing defense. Bledsoe averaged about 1.5 steals per 20 minutes, and often would provide us with emphatic block highlights.

Unable to offer him a bigger contract, the Clippers traded Bledsoe to the Phoenix Suns along with teammate Caron Butler in a three-team trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. In the deal, the Clippers acquired Jared Dudley from the Suns and J. J. Redick from the Bucks.

Although his time in Los Angeles was brief, he provided us with a very entertaining highlight reel.