Perfect backup? Maybe I'm just expecting too much, but I think it's been so long since we've had an athletic, energy backup PG off the bench that we forget what it's like and what we're missing. We're used to having a guy now that comes in and tries to not mess things up, not lose a lead, just play solid, and I want more than that, I want a guy that's going to be able to score, bring energy, push a lead. Blake is good, he has been solid, and I appreciate how well he played the last month of the season to help get us to the playoffs, had some really big games, but he has some areas he lacks in I'd like to see addressed with a new backup.
For one, I think I can count on one hand how many layups Blake has attempted this season on one hand, let alone made. We have the moment a starting PG and a backup PG that cannot get themselves to the hoop for a layup, that doesn't seem to work too well in today's league. If not for Sessions last season I'd have forgotten what it feels like to have a PG that can do that. Also, while his defensive effort has been solid all season, he's still often outmatched. His shooting had been so so until he started scoring the last month or so of the season, and it's not even that he shot poorly, it's that he shot so little that if he was going 0-2 or 1-3 it looks bad because he just wasn't making an impact, again, bringing no spark or energy, just being 'solid'. And lastly, the injuries, my goodness the injuries, the spike strip, the ab tear, and now the hamstring, the guy played 45 games this season, 45, and he's not young, he's 33 years old.
All that said, at the moment off the top of my head I can't think of a realistic backup we can get that fits those needs I brought up (being able to get to the rim and make layups and at the same time using the speed or skill to draw defenders and find open guys, more of a scorer, better defense, younger, less injury prone), so we're probably stuck if not for a trade or someone becoming available for part of the MLE or something. I'm just tired of keeping the same players and expecting a different result. Every season Blake is not quite the guy we expected and he fights some injuries, but he's 'solid'. To point out what I miss, I know that Farmar was not great and made a lot of dumb plays, Blake is a better player, but he brought energy at least half the time, he could get to the rim and make layups and plays that sparked the team along with Shannon Brown. I miss a player like that, really wish we could find a younger scoring/energy PG off the bench somehow.