Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Steve Blake is Really Good

By way of a post on the Terrapin Nation blog, be sure to read this column in the Portland Oregonian about how Steve Blake (1999-2003) is a really good professional basketball player, and a lot of people are starting to realize it:

I think among outsiders or casual fans, Blake is probably the least valued, and most overlooked, starter on the Blazers.

I know as a reporter, I often unconsciously overlook Blake in stories because he is ... well, boring. I find myself usually writing about a lob pass from Sergio Rodriguez to Rudy Fernandez, or a big block from Joel Przybilla, or of course, the late-game heroics of [Brandon] Roy. But there Blake is every night, putting up his solid numbers while never doing anything crazy or out of character -- just doing his job like a professional. This season, he is averaging a career-high 11.4 points while also adding 4.2 assists. He is shooting a career-best 43.3 percent on three-pointers.

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