Given his history of questionable antics while he was a member of the Washington Wizards, it’s a pretty safe assumption to say that the Brooklyn Nets were taking somewhat of a flyer when they signed Andray Blatche this past off-season. However, Blatche has shown new life with the Nets, signaling that he might’ve just needed a change of scenery.
Brooklyn signed Blatche to just a one-year contract and are paying him the veteran minimum this season. However, he has outperformed his paltry contract. He’s come off of the bench in 58 of the 65 games that he’s played in which has limited his floor-time to just 18.9 minutes per game. For playing such few minutes, though, he’s submitted stellar numbers.
Blatche is averaging 10.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season, despite his limited minutes. The best part about Blatche’s performance this season, though, is how efficient he’s shot the basketball, posting a career-high field goal percentage of 50.1 percent.
The reason that Blatche’s efficiency is so important to who he is as a player is that he had earned himself a reputation as a player with a low basketball IQ. He had a tendency to make unwise decisions and take a lot of dumb shots. With Brooklyn, though, that seems to have gotten exponentially better and is no longer much of an issue.
Since Blatche is only signed to a one-year deal, he will obviously be looking for a new contract this coming off-season. If they’re smart, Brooklyn will look to keep him in town. Blatche has already come out and said that he’s not looking for a big contract and that his concerns are with basketball. More than that, Blatche has played like one of the best frontcourt bench-players in the league this season and has served as a solid back-up to NBA All-Star center Brook Lopez. Blatche seems to have found a home with the Nets where he can succeed. Subsequently, the Nets shouldn’t let him walk away.