Blake struggled mightily vs. Central Division
Here's one you can file under the category of "Bad Omens". Newly acquired Bucks PG Steve Blake played his worst basketball last year against the Central Division.
His Eff48 against the Central Division in 2005-06 was a measly 11.44, by far his worst production against any division in the NBA. And if you remove the Bucks from the equation, his Eff48 sinks to 10.74.
The only team in the division he played well against was the woeful point guard rotation of the Cleveland Cavaliers, against whom he registered a pretty respectable Eff48 of 22.28. Of course, based on that, you can guess how badly he stunk against the rest of the division. Granted, Indiana, Chicago, and Detroit feature three of the toughest defenses in the association, but, unfortunately, they are also three defenses the Bucks will face often and must be successful against. And Blake has not been, to say the least.
Here are the ugly numbers he compiled in toto last season vs. Indiana, Chicago, and Detroit:
4 games, 85 Mins Played, 0-11 FGs, 6-8 FTs, 6 Pts, 6 Rebs, 7 Ass, 5 TOs, 2 Stls, 0 Blks
Needless to say, those numbers need to improve drastically if the Bucks are to have any success against advancing in the Central Division next season.