The Golden State Warriors’ season has come to a disappointing end, complete with a first-round playoff exit and the firing of head coach Mark Jackson. But this 51-win team still had a tremendous season and took a more talented Los Angeles Clippers team to seven games without Andrew Bogut, the most important defensive player on the Dubs. With this team’s future in a delicate place as the Warriors search for the right head coach, we’ll take a look back on the 2013-14 and evaluate how everyone performed. Today, we take a look at backup point guard Steve Blake.
When the Warriors traded for Blake before the trade deadline, the move didn’t grab a lot of attention. The former Los Angeles Lakers guard was having a fine season racking up a ton of assists, but Blake was mostly viewed as just another reason the 2013-14 Lakers were heading for one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Those familiar with Golden State’s bench woes, however, couldn’t have been happier.
Blake’s raw numbers don’t quite do him, or his enormous contributions to one of the league’s worst bench units, justice. Though he only averaged 4.4 points and 3.6 assists per game in his 28 games with the Warriors, Blake significantly upgraded Golden State’s reserve unit in the same unassuming, loyal manner that even the most depressed Lakers fans had grown to appreciate. Basically, if the NBA were set in the Harry Potter universe, Steve Blake would be Dobby. And not even because they look exactly alike. Here’s a look back on his short time in Golden State.