Did The Lakers Really Upgrade with Blake over Farmar

Offensively:

MPG       PPG     FG%   3pt%   FT%    APG

Blake                         20.3       4.2     .366   .384    .867    2.1

Farmar (09-10)   18.0        7.2     .435   .376    .671   1.5

 

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Farmar:

The 2009-2010 season was actually a step back from what Farmar showed in his sophomore season when he scored 9.1 ppg in just 20 minutes per game, while shooting a relatively efficient 46% from the field. It was that season that earned Farmar the two year extension from the Lakers.

Last season, Farmar still provided high potent offensive games that helped the Lakers capture some regular season wins. Jordan scored 14 or more points in 10 games last season which the Lakers went 8 and 2; this includes the 14 point game performance in game 5 of the first round series against the Thunder. A team would always desire consistency but an occasional scoring burst from one bench player can usually be the difference in a win or a lost in a particular game; the great record of the Lakers last year when Farmar was productive is evidence of that.

Steve Blake:

Blake has taken as many as 8 shots in a game only twice this season and reached double digits just 4 times; 3 of those double digit scoring games occurred in the first 2 weeks of the season. Blake has gone scoreless 15 times this season which works out to once every 5th game and almost twice as many as Farmar last season.

Blake simply has not looked for his shot and during a recent stretch of the season he blatantly passed up wide open looks from the field. Despite Blake being legitimate threat from outside over his career, he is averaging just 4 shots a game this season which ranks 9th and last amongst the players in the current rotation.

When Steve Blake has shot it has mainly been behind the 3 point arch where he is shooting a respectable 38%. It is a good thing that 2/3 of his shots are coming behind the 3 line because he is shooting a horrid 33% when shooting in front of it.

Blake upgrade? No.

Blake has provided minimal offensive production on a team that could use it being they start a point guard who averages less than 7 points per game.

 

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