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With Steve Nash now in the mix, the Lakers have a point guard that will command big minutes. That means there won't be many minutes to go around for backup point guards. Because of this, there's no reason to carry two veteran backups like Steve Blake and Chris Duhon.
Consequently, these two will be battling it out for a roster spot. Deciding who to keep will depend on what each player brings to the table.
In Blake, the Lakers have a point guard who can capably manage the offense. He knows where everybody's supposed to be and what they should be doing. And he has the ability to find the open man on a consistent basis.
But he's not a good defender. He doesn't score much at all, which isn't really a problem from a backup point guard. The problem is that on top of not scoring, he's also not an efficient shooter. He doesn't get to the free-throw line and he's only hit 36.8 percent of his shots the last two seasons.
With Duhon, the Lakers are getting a better defender than what they have in Blake and Nash. That alone might give him an edge.
However, while Duhon may be better on defense than the other two, he's not nearly as good on offense. He's much more turnover-prone than Blake and he lacks Blake's court vision.
The one edge he has on offense is that he's a more consistent shooter (.419 field-goal percentage last season and .420 three-point percentage for 2011-12), but will that give him enough of an edge given his propensity for turnovers and inability to run the offense?