Season Recap/Notes: Steve Blake.

 

In case you missed it here is Anthony Tolliver's post. You can follow on through the chain to the rest of the guys from there.

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Follow along with all of the stats on basketball reference.Any stats that are not readily available there will be linked to or otherwise noted.

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The Good:

O_o 

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The Bad:

-_- 

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Ok sorry. Really though, I nearly just posted this.

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The Good:

Pretty much nothing. The best thing that I can say for Steve Blake is that he must be a really good locker room guy because when the Lakers traded him Kobe got all pissy and when interviewed before the season I remember Andre just laughing saying how happy he was that Steve Blake was on the team (presumably before he realized that Blake would be playing 18 minutes per game.) And FWIW, enough former (and current) NBA players have said that having good locker room guys really matters, that I do believe it. On the court though, the one thing he had all season was that he could shoot a little, and he only shot 34.4% from 3. That isn't even good. That isn't even league average. HOWEVA, he did have a couple stretches where he was straight fire from deep during which time he was not a total liability.

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The Bad:

I'm going to try and keep this as brief as I can. On defense he was an absolute train wreck. He could not guard anyone to save his life. I remember at halftime of one of the playoff games, Kenny Smith made the point that "If Matthew Dellevedova is an off dribble threat then you don't belong on the floor." as a joke. (The Pistons had helped off LeBron a couple times onto Delly in the plays he showed.) We then proceeded to watch Delly consistently beat Steve Blake off the dribble. It was awful. Other than young guys who have no clue what they are doing, I'm not sure I have seen someone be as incompetent defensively as Steve Blake was this season. On offense, his only NBA worthy skill was his shooting, and as already stated, even that was not anything special. And he could beat no one off the dribble so he couldn't create any shots for others. And here is the real kicker to me, is that even though he is a veteran, it isn't like he didn't make REALLY dumb mistakes. His assist to turnover ratio was nothing special. He regularly had bad turnovers.

The biggest indictment of him is this, the Pistons bench was really bad this season, easily one of the worst in the NBA and the teams biggest weakness. But when Brandon Jennings played for 20 some games, the same minutes, with the exact same players, the bench mob kicked ass. (I apologize, I cannot link to the NBA.com stats where this is easily viewable via the on/off court advanced stats comparison tool there. Something is wrong and when I go there it does not show any of the stats. If/when it is fixed I will link it, or if it is just me someone else could try and link it.) Here it is and it is fixed.Obviously this should not be terribly surprising because Jennings is better than Blake. But it was a net of like 7 or 8 7.4 per 100 possessions I think. That is a huge margin. It leads to believe that the Pistons bench didn't actually suck that bad this season, Steve Blake sucked that bad.

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Biggest answer?

He isn't an NBA player anymore. He might hang around another year or so just as a veteran presence at the end of the bench somewhere, but he can't play. Which does kind of suck, FWIW I actually rather liked the acquisition when it happened. It just turned out that Blake had finally lost it.

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Biggest question?

Does Steve Blake have some sort of dirt on SVG? If Steve Blake is re-signed next season then he probably has something.

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What do you think? Has Steve Blake ever pooped in your lawn? Let me know! We all get smarter!