When the Lakers signed Steve Blake a few years ago, they thought they were getting a serviceable backup point guard, but he was disappointing. Coming into last season, he was injured, and wasn’t able to lead the second unit. When Blake came back, he started to change the opinions of Laker fans.
Blake came in and played well, often starting while Steve Nash was injured. He was hitting 3′s at a high rate, and he looked like the guy they expected him to be. This season, Blake has been in the starting lineup next to Steve Nash, and now as the primary point guard while Nash is out with nerve damage. He is putting up a career high in assists at 7 per game, and is shooting a blistering 46% from beyond the arc. He is also getting the ball moving for a team that is playing well on offense:
Blake is a scrappy guy who could be showing teams what he can do, or show the Lakers that he wants to stay in LA after this season. Oh yeah, he’s been a good defender as well:
He isn’t Magic Johnson, but he’s playing well so far.