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Steven Blake (born February 26, 1980) is the current backup point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Blake played for a number of teams, including the Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers, before signing with Lakers in the summer of 2010.
Blake’s early years in basketball started at Miami Killian High, before transferring to Miami High School. During his freshman and sophomore years, Blake helped the school win consecutive state championships. A scandal arose when Miami New Times revealed that Blake and other players on the team used fake addresses to enroll in school, which resulted in the forfeiture of the rest of the 1998 schedule. Later on he attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Blake played for the University of Maryland, where he experienced groundbreaking statistics. As a freshman and the starter of the team, Blake posted 1,000 points, 800 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals—making him the first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player to achieve these numbers. Blake’s amazing passing abilities helped the Terrapins achieve a spot on the Final Four in 2001 and earning the NCAA championship in 2002. His efforts earned him inclusion to ACC teams including rookie and defensive squads and a first-team All-ACC spot at the end of his senior year.
Blake professional career started with the Washington Wizards as he was selected with the 38th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. During his rookie season, Blake averaged 5.9 points, 2.8 assists, and 18.6 minutes per game while playing in 75 games with the Wizards. As a restricted free agent with the Wizards in September 2005, Blake was offered a contract by the Portland Trail Blazers, which the Wizards could not match. Blake became a starter in his first season with the Blazers as the then-starting Point Guard, Sebastian Telfair, was injured. Blake’s playing time increased from 14.7 minutes and only one start in 2004–2005 to 26.2 minutes and 57 starts in 2005–2006. Blake passing abilities in the 2004-2005 season made him third in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio.
In July 2006, Blake was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Jamaal Magloire. In (month) 2007, Blake was traded to the Denver Nuggets in return for Earl Boykins and Julius Hodge. Blake started in 40 of the 49 remaining games of the Nuggets’ 2006–07 season, and in five playoff games that resulted in a 4–1 first-round loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Upon becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2007, Blake signed with the Portland Trail Blazers for a three-year deal. Blake had a successful 2008-2009 season with the Blazers as he played his first 38 games, averaging a career-high 11.7 points per game and achieving career highs in free throw percentage and three-point percentage.
On February 22, 2009, Blake tied an NBA record with 14 assists in the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Ironically, on February 16, 2010, the Portland Trail Blazers trades Blake to the Los Angeles Clippers along with Travis Outlaw and $1.5 million in cash for Marcus Camby.
Upon becoming a free agent again, Blake headed to the neighboring Los Angeles Lakers on July 8, 2010, signing a four-year $16 million contract.
With Steve Blake’s first career triple-double fresh on their minds (which came on the final game of the 2009-2010 season against the Lakers), Lakers fans were expecting big things from him. Unfortunately to this point, he was never able to meet the expectations. His 3PT% dipped to .378, down from the .437 he put up the previous season with the Clippers.
Not to say that he has not had some highlights with the Lakers. He has hit a couple big shots for the Lakers, most notably Games 4 and 7 of the 2012 playoffs against the Denver Nuggets.
Coming into the 2012-2013 season, Blake is still expected to be the backup to the newly-acquired Steve Nash. If he continues to struggle we may see also-newly-acquired Chris Duhon or second-year-man Darius Morris surpass him on the depth chart.
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