L.A. Lakers: Does Steve Blake’s Game Really Match the Hype?

The Los Angeles Lakers are expecting big things from their new back-up point guard, Steve Blake, but is he ready to step up to the challenge of leading the Lakers' second unit?

It's no secret that point guard defense has been one of the Lakers' biggest weaknesses the past two seasons and many people see Blake as the answer to that question.

There is even some hope that Blake will eventually replace veteran point guard Derek Fisher in the Lakers' backcourt, but has Blake ever proven in his career that he is ready for that responsibility?

Blake has averaged 7.5 points, 4.3 assists, shot 41 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three-point line for his career.

Those are decent numbers, but they don't exactly instill a large measure of confidence in Blake as the Lakers' lead guard either.

However, Blake's ability to score is not what made him the Lakers' number one priority during the free agency signing period, at least in the eyes of general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Blake has good size at 6'3 and he has a reputation as a steady, if not spectacular, defensive player. Blake is also an above average ball-handler, who seems to have quickly grasped the intricacies of the triangle offense.

The triangle lessens the need for a true point guard, since any player is capable of playing the part of distributor. Even though Blake fits the mold of a true point guard, his outside shot will be more valuable than his distribution skills.

Blake's career three-point percentage of 39, was better than anyone else on the Lakers' roster last year. If he can shoot with accuracy from distance, then he will add a different element to the team.

Ron Artest, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Derek Fisher and even Kobe Bryant had their moments from behind the arc last season, but Blake has the potential to do it on a consiste...

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