Well Amare had Gallo, 50%+ from three Shawne Williams, Felton, Douglas, Chandler, Walker, Fields etc all camping out on the three point line, so those are some pretty good options for guys to pass it to in the first half of the season. Especially if they are in the corner, which is the best three to take. So just because he didn't have a player as good as Eric Gordon doesn't mean he didn't have three point shooters he could pass it to when the defense collapsed on him. Too often he would try to force it and take a tough shot, get fouled (positive play), or turn it over.Blake's "much better" passing? He averages ONE more assist per game than Amar'e while having a good scorer like Eric Gordon to pass to. Who the hell was Amar'e passing to in the first half?
And Blake had 40 games with at least 4 assists. Amare had 23. Amare's high was 7 assists, which he did twice. Blake did that 6 times, and also had three games with 8 assists, one with 9 and two with 10. Hell Amare's CAREER high is 8 assists, which Blake beat three times in one season. And compared to other PFs playing 30+ minutes, he was only beat out of Boris Diaw last year in assists.
Blake had more assists in his first season than Amare has ever had in his career. Last year Amare's USG% was 30.9 compared to Blake's 27.3, yet still had fewer assists.
This is true, but Amare did play at a faster pace and use more possessions than Blake too. But offensive systems can affect their numbers, I definitely agree with that.Furthermore it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense to compare statistics across the board in basketball. Different systems lead to different styles of play which lead to different statistics showing up on the statsheet. It's not like baseball where every hitter gets an equal number of opportunities at the plate and thus we can compare them based on what they do at the plate. In basketball we have different systems and different styles of play - just because one PF averages fewer assists than another doesn't necessarily mean he's a crappier passer -it could just mean that the coach's system doesn't call for said PF to be dishing the ball out, instead putting the ball in the hands of a dominant ball-handling PG like Felton was doing in D'Antoni's system. Because assists are a bulk statistic and not a percentage statistic, they can be misleading when it comes to certain things (i.e. pace factor, amongst others).