4. Blake Griffin
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4. Blake Griffin: (Forward, Los Angeles Clippers 2010 -)
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 24.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.6 BPG, 52.8% FG, 71.5% FT, 23.9 PER, 12.2 WS
2013-14 Playoffs Stats: 23.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG, 50% FG, 74% FT, 21.7 PER, 1.4 WS
“I don’t want a high flyer for a big man, I need someone who can do it all.” “All he does is dunk.” “His only claim to fame was jumping over a car in the dunk contest.”
NBA fans everywhere were throwing in their two cents on Blake Griffin since the start of his career. No one was giving him a chance to improve the other facets to his game. Apparently the only thing he would ever be able to do is dunk, but all those comments do is give him motivation. Griffin came out this season with more to prove than anyone else on the team. He stepped on the floor with an improved post game, an improved mid range game, and just an all-around better two-way game. Griffin’s crazy athleticism and competitive edge allowed him to dominate almost all of the power forwards he went up against.
Now, a lot of folks may claim that Chris Paul is the reason for Griffin’s success. There’s a few problems with that statement though. If Paul is the reason for Griffin’s success, then why does Griffin have the same exact amount of win shares this past season as Paul? Why was his usage percentage the highest its ever been in his career so far? Here’s an answer, Griffin is coming into his own with or without Chris Paul. Start giving credit to Blake Griffin for improving his game and stop making excuses why he “isn’t that good.”
Griffin has improved his assist numbers, PER, win shares, and maintained good offensive and defensive ratings. Blake Griffin is not only a treat to watch due to his dunks and flash, but he’s also fun to watch because of how much he works to improve his own game.
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