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ThoughtsOnline

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


At the end of last year, and for unknown reasons (at least to me), the Washington Wizards let restricted free agent Steve Blake sign with the Portland Trailblazers, disappointing his local fans (who watched him help Maryland with the NCAAs)...

Looking at his numbers, his stats have improved across the board. He is shooting 45% from the field (and 41% from 3-point range), up from last year's 33% and 39%. His rebounding, assists, steals and scoring are also up, not only on a per-game basis (which could be attributable to his having played more minutes per game this year, 24 minutes this year compared to less than 15 last year), but also on a per-minute basis. Last year, he was averaging a rebound every 10 minutes, this year he's pulling in one every 9 minutes. He was averaging an assist every 9 minutes, now he is averaging an assist every 5.7 minutes. And he was scoring at a rate of one point every 3.4 minutes; his rate now is one point every 3.0 minutes of playing time.... and all while playing for a team that is somewhat offensively challenged...

So maybe this means that it wasn't such a great idea to let him go?