WHO IS STEVE BLAKE?
Steve Blake is a 34-Year old basketball player from Hollywood, Florida. He attended the University of Maryland and was drafted with the 9th Pick in the second round by the Washington Wizards in 2003, which, considering the length of his career, is pretty impressive. He plays Point Guard. A career backup type, Steve has player for a lot of NBA teams at one point or another.
WHAT A BORING SET OF INFORMATION. WHAT DOES THAT CRAP HAVE TO DO WITH THE MODERN DAY BLAZERS?
He signed with the Blazers today, a contract worth 4.2 million over two years. The second year is a player option. Upon signing with the Trail Blazers today, he is the first player in franchise history to have three separate stints with the team. The first spanned 2005-06 and the second 2007-10.
THIS IS HONESTLY NOT GETTING LESS BORING. JUST TELL ME, YOUR SMELLY SACK OF BLOGGING GARBAGE; IS HE GOOD?
Not really. He’s never had a PER above 15, the fixed league average. Here is his shot chart from last year:
A lot of red and yellow. Good from the left and some pretty good three point shooting, though, 37.6% on the year. He is a backup point guard.
HEY, WHAT IS THE BI ANNUAL EXCEPTION? DO THE BLAZERS GET TO KILL SOMEONE EVERY TWO YEARS OR SOMETHING?
The cap is INSANELY COMPLICATED and I am not a “Capologist” in any regard, but it’s basically an exception to the salary that is smaller than the Mid-Level exception. The Blazers used the MLE on Chris Kaman, and the biannual on Blake. This almost certainly excludes them from resigning Mo WIlliams.
IS HE BETTER THAN MO WILLIAMS? PLEASE TELL ME HE IS, THAT SHIT MADE ME CRY LAST YEAR.
Ho boy, that is a LOADED question:
Mo and Steve are pretty similar from a “Total Value” standpoint offensively. Mo had an 11.8 PER to Steve’s 11, their Win Shares per 48, .056 and, .058, are separated by a trivial amount. They came to this similar production in subtly different ways, though. Nearly sixty percent of Blake’s shots were three pointers while Mo was often content to hike up a long two almost immediately after coming off a pick. This is reflected in their nearly identical True Shooting Percentages, even though Blake’s un-adjusted FG% sat at 37.7% to Mo’s 41.7%
The Per-36 Assists and turnovers are a bit of a smoke screen. Blake played a lot of minutes for the gonzo-paced Lakers last year so that one-whole-extra-assist-per-36 is less notable when you compare their 28.8-to-26.7 assist percentage, a measurement of the percentage of baskets a player assists on. Mo turned the ball over less (21.5 for Blake, 17.5 for Mo) but that’s more a function of his midrange shot jacking than the virtue of “Caring for the ball.” Blake was a better rebounder last year but not really in any significant way and not over the course of their careers.
By these stats, it appears that the Blazers have ditched one below average caretaker backup point guard for another with almost exactly the same value who is a little older. But there is a little numbersthingy on ESPN’s big Real Plus-Minus chart worth mentioning:
DRPM is an adjusted measurement of how much better or worse your team was defensively when you played. Here is highlights that Mo WIlliams was a TERRIBLE defender last year, and Steve Blake though he isn’t Tony Allen, was hovering around “Not doing any active harm.”
So, in conclusion, he is probably better than Mo Williams. But he is older and he might get worse faster.
YEAH, 34, THAT’S KIND OF ON THE OLD SIDE FOR A PRO ATHLETE, HUH? ALSO, 26, IS A LITTLE OLD FOR A BLOGGER, GET A REAL JOB
Yeah, Steve Blake is older and the Blazers gave him a two year deal. He has been getting injured a more often in the last few years, too.
WHAT EFFECT DO VETERAN BACKUP POINT GUARDS HAVE ON COACHES, AND SHOULD IT CONCERN ME?
Coaches love veteran backup point guards more than anything. Every NBA coach’s secret dream team is five backup point guards, who are all veteran leaders and never turn the ball over, because coaches hate turnover more than anything even though they’re kind of necessary in a productive offense because they’re indicators of risk-taking.
Steve Blake is on the Blazers which is not like the worst thing that has ever happened. But he also presents an active roadblock to McCollum or Barton getting any minnutes. If he’s the backup shooting guard, like Mo was last year, it will be annoying. Then again, CJ might not be good and Barton has been a hero looking for a villain to dispose his entire career.
IS HE SCRRRRRRRAPPY!?
HOW DO I MODULATE EXPECTATIONS AND REALITY IN MY LIFE?
Guys, what did you think the Blazers were going to do with that money? What did you want? Luol Deng? Ariza? Sorry, those guys like money. Vince Carter would have been cool, I guess, and he might still be a possibility. I wanted Jameer Nelson in that slot, but that’s probably an underpay and he might have commanded some years for his first backup contract and he might not want to be a backup yet. It’s not like there’s just a billion dudes who play in the NBA and they’re all better than Steve Blake. Anyway, the Blazers have like a billion centers and will probably make a trade so there’s other shit to get excited about.
DOES HIS WIFE HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT?
Yes. Here is a picture she posted of Steve power washing their pool with the caption “My man loves power washing. No idea why. Looks awful to me.”
Power washing the pool. So scrappy! Look at that hustle with the wand.