Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson is dealing with stomach flu and his status is uncertain for tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are probably the biggest surprise team outside of the second place Trail Blazers in the Western Conference. They have the same record as the Nuggets, and much like their Rocky Mountain rivals, have relied on a potential All-Star point guard.
With both Ty Lawson’s and Eric Bledsoe’s teams facing off again tonight, and both being on the fringe of making it to the All-Star Game in New Orleans, the question is who do you take? Which point man would you rather build a team around?
Ty Lawson might just be the fastest player in the association with the ball in his hands. He can drive in amongst the trees and finish or hit a jump shot that has improved every year. Lawson has grown each season and is now a potent scorer and team leader culminating in this, his best year as a professional. He’s able to take over a game with his speed, creating havoc for the defense, especially his opposing number. Averaging 18 points, 8 assists, a PER of 21.1, and sporting an endorsement from Kevin Durant, Ty certainly makes a strong case.
Eric Bledsoe is an explosive point guard who leaves his mark on each game with his crazy athleticism. Finally a starter this year after getting traded to the Suns, Bledsoe is proving to be an exciting, dynamic player in this league. His numbers are comparable to Lawson’s at 19.2 points, 6.4 assists, and a PER of 21.5. The Suns, however, don’t have as much talent surrounding Bledsoe as the Nuggets do Lawson, and when you consider his backcourt mate Goran Dragic is also averaging 6 assists, Eric’s numbers become a little more impressive.
Both players have a slashing style backed up with good jumpers and both are top 15 distributors. The two have gone head-to-head once this season already where Lawson scored 29, but Bledsoe came away with 17 points, 9 assists and the win. Bledsoe is two inches taller than Ty, two years younger and his pure athleticism might give him a higher ceiling to reach, but Lawson has proven himself over full seasons, something Bledsoe is yet to do.
I think it really is a toss-up, but because of the track record he carries, I go with Ty Lawson to build around. Nothing counts more than actually doing it for multiple seasons the way he has.
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