Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson learned something that was, at the very least, a surprise to him: Steve Blake is ranked higher than him by a gap of 37 players on ESPN. It should be a surprise because if we are looking at this from a production standpoint from the previous season, it’s not even close. Robinson was unquestionably the superior player based on performance. Both guards played just over 23 minutes per game, and here is a comparison of what they did with those minutes:
Nate Robinson averaged 11.2 points on 42.4 percent field goal, 83.2 percent free throw shooting, 36.5 percent shooting on 3-pointers, two rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.5 turnovers and 1.2 steals.
Steve Blake averaged 5.2 points on 37.7 percent shooting, 77.8 percent free throw shooting, 33.5 percent shooting on 3-pointers, 1.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 turnovers and 0.7 steals.
Presumably, other factors – leadership, maturity, defense, etc – were involved in coming up with these ranks. However, it’s difficult to see where exactly Blake holds such a strong advantage over Robinson, even if it’s a simple projection for the upcoming season. If you have an answer, please do chime in.