Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
32-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Griffin's biggest problem at this stage in his career is staying healthy, having suited up for 67 or fewer games in five of the last six seasons. When Griffin was available for most of 2018-19, he posted one of the better campaigns of his career, averaging 24.5 points, 7.5 boards and 5.4 assists. He should be in line for a starring role in the Pistons' rotation again this season but leads a team without much in the way of star power. It wouldn't be shocking to see Griffin's usage percentage creep back up toward the 30.2 percent claim he sported in his first full season with Detroit, and with his steady hand on the boards and keen ability to distribute the ball, Griffin should possess fantasy utility in a variety of formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.23 million contract with the Nets in March of 2021.
Personal Bio

Blake Austin Griffin was born in Oklahoma City in 1989. He is the son of Gail and Tommy Griffin. His brother, Tayler, played for the Suns in 2009-10. Blake stayed in the OKC area for high school, attending Oklahoma Christian School in Edmond, where his father was the head coach of the basketball team. The duo combined for four straight state titles. Griffin has a strong interest in professional comedy, having interned with "Funny or Die" and performing at The Laugh Factory (Los Angeles) and the Just For Laughs Festival (Montreal). He's created a multimedia venture called Mortal Media with Ryan Kalil of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Griffin made the largest gift ever to the University of Oklahoma by a former Sooners basketball player, contributing to a planned addition to the university's Lloyd Noble Performance Center. Follow Griffin on Twitter and Instagram (@BlakeGriffin23).

College/International Summary

After winning four Oklahoma high school championships, Griffin stayed home to play for the Sooners. As a freshman, the 6-foot-10 forward was productive despite a pair of knee injuries. He sprained his left MCL against Kansas and two months later injured his right knee. He was able to play in 33 games and averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds. With his brother Taylor on the Oklahoma roster, Griffin decided to return for his sophomore season. He dominated the glass and led the nation with 14.4 rebounds to go along with 22.7 points and 1.2 blocks. Griffin had back-to-back games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds to become the first Big 12 player to do so. He had 30 double-doubles in 35 games and helped the Sooners to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. In the Sweet 16 win over Syracuse, Griffin provided 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting and added 14 rebounds. He was named Associated Press Player of the Year and declared for the 2009 NBA Draft, giving up two years of eligibility. He was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers with the first overall pick.

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FBrooklyn Nets
June 8, 2021
Griffin delivered seven points (3-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block across 26 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks.
ANALYSIS
Griffin has been starting regularly since the beginning of May and has managed to leave his mark in the playoffs. Even though he was unable to repeat his impressive Game 1 performance, where he posted his first double-double since May 6, he still managed to make his presence felt on both ends of the court in Game 2. Griffin is averaging just 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during the current postseason run, but his contributions go well beyond the box score for the Nets.
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Past Season Summaries
2020

Griffin played in 46 games during the 2020-21 campaign, averaging 11.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 25.8 minutes per game. The 2009 No. 1 overall pick shot 42.3 percent from the field, 34.1 percent from three and 74.4 percent from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-9 forward scored double-digit points 32 times and 20-plus points three times, including a season-high 26 against the Cavaliers on Dec. 26. During the season-high contest, the Oklahoma product went 9-for-21 from the field and 8-for-16 from beyond the arc. He also tallied six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 44 minutes of action. The 12-year veteran grabbed double-digit rebounds five times, including a season-high 14 against the Bucks in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs. During the contest, Griffin also went 7-for-13 from the field and 4-for-9 from three en route to 18 points. Throughout the seven-game series, the ex-Sooner averaged 12.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks in 30.9 minutes. Defensively, Griffin recorded at least one steal in 29 games, at least two steals in 11 games and three steals twice. He also recorded at least one block in 19 games, including a season-high three during Game 3 of the aforementioned playoff series.

2019

In his third season with the Pistons, Griffin appeared in 18 games (all starts) during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. The versatile forward averaged 15.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 triples over 28.4 minutes per contest. On Nov. 27, Griffin scored a season-high 26 points, plus grabbed six boards, during a close loss at Charlotte. During a Dec. 3 win at Cleveland, Griffin drained a season-high six three-pointers. Arguably his best performance of the season was on Dec. 6 in a win over the Pacers. In 32 minutes, Griffin recorded 25 points (7-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 8-12 FT), five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block during the victory. It was one of his four 20-point games. On Dec. 26, Griffin snagged a season-best 11 boards and added 14 points during a home win over the Wizards. The victory marked one of two double-doubles for Griffin. Griffin missed most of his games due to a knee injury that required season-ending surgery in January. During a May 11th interview with ESPN, Griffin said "I feel great. I've basically been cleared for a while now."

2018

Blake Griffin's game continued to evolve during the 2018-19 season. His game has changed considerably since being traded from the Clippers to Detroit in January of 2018. Instead of doing his best work under the basket, Griffin has developed into an outside threat. He averaged a career-high 24.5 points per game in 2018-19. That sudden increase in scoring was the direct result of nailing 2.5 threes per game. By comparison, Griffin averaged no more than 0.2 three pointers per game during his first six NBA seasons. Despite spending more time on the parameter, Griffin still averaged 7.5 rebounds per game. Griffin appeared in 75 games this past season, his most since 2013-14. On Oct. 23, Griffin scored a career-high 50 points during an overtime win over the 76ers. Later, Griffin appeared in February's All-Star Game, his sixth ASG appearance. On Apr. 5, Griffin drained a career-high nine three pointers during a loss at Oklahoma City. Griffin's Pistons finished a solid 41-41 and lost to the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs. Griffin has three more seasons remaining on his contract with Detroit.

2017

A midseason trade from the Clippers to Detroit didn't slow down the 2009 No. 1 overall selection. Griffin made himself right at home with the Pistons by posting a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double in his team debut -- a win over Memphis on Feb. 1. Griffin finished the season with an average of 21.4 points in 58 games, and it was the fifth straight season he'd recorded 21.4 or more. While Griffin's scoring and rebounding (7.4) numbers have always been strong, his improvement in the assist department was arguably the most impressive aspect of his season. His 5.8 nightly helpers were by far a career high, and his improved sharing of the basketball resulted in three triple-doubles. Griffin posted a 26-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist effort in a win over Atlanta on Nov. 22. He then finished with a monster 32-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist effort in a loss to Minnesota on Jan. 22. His last triple-double (21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) of the season (and first as a member of the Pistons) came on March 22 against Houston. The Oklahoma native also added the three-point shot to his repertoire in 2017-18, as his 1.9 threes per game were more than triple his career high. Furthermore, Griffin hit at least two shots from beyond the arc in 17 of his first 19 games of the year.

2016

Griffin appeared in 61 games for the Clippers, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 34.0 minutes of run. A knee injury cost Griffin 18 games in December and January. Overall, the Oklahoma product shot 49.3 percent from the field, including 33.6 percent from three on a then-career-high 1.9 attempts per game. Griffin also converted a then-career-best 76.0 percent of his free throws. He topped 30 points seven times, including posting a season-high 43 points in a win over the Hornets on Feb. 26. In that game, Griffin also added 10 boards, five assists and two steals. In a loss to Toronto on Feb. 6, Griffin recorded his lone triple-double of the season (26 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists). Against the Pacers on Dec. 4, Griffin notched a season-high 16 rebounds while adding 24 points and five assists. He drilled a season-high four three-pointers in a win over the Lakers on April 1 and finished the season with a then-career-high 38 makes. In a Dec. 18 game against Washington, Griffin passed Elton Brand for third on the Clippers' franchise scoring list. In the postseason, Griffin started the first three games in Round 1 against Utah but missed the final four games with a toe injury. In Game 1, Griffin finished with 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in 43 minutes.

2015

Griffin appeared in only 35 games for the Clippers, with a torn left quad tendon and a fractured right hand costing him significant time. In those 35 games, Griffin posted averages of 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. Griffin led the team in scoring on 18 occasions and scored in double-figures 32 times during the regular season. He topped out with 40 points, to go with 12 rebounds, against the Jazz on Nov. 25. In a win over Sacramento on Oct. 31, Griffin went for 37 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. He pulled down a season-high 14 boards, to go with 21 points, in a win over Milwaukee on Dec. 9. In a Nov. 4 matchup against Golden State, Griffin recorded his 1,500th career assist and became the sixth-fastest player in NBA history to tally at least 8,000 points, 3,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists. Griffin returned from injury late in the regular season and played in five of the Clippers' final seven games. In the postseason, Griffin played in the first four games of the Clippers' Round 1 series against Portland, but the quad tendon injury forced him to miss the rest of the series.

2014

Griffin enjoyed another strong season in 2014-15, appearing in 67 games and averaging 21.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 0.9 steals in 35.2 minutes per game. Griffin scored in double-figures in all 67 of his appearances, and he topped 20 points on 40 occasions. In a loss to the Warriors on Mar. 31, Griffin went for 40 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. His season-high in scoring came in a Dec. 8 win over Phoenix, when he posted 45 points and hit 15 of 17 free throw attempts. Griffin had three games with at least 10 assists, including a 21-point, 11-assist, eight-rebound outing in a loss to Atlanta on Dec. 23. He pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds twice -- once against the Hornets on Nov. 24 and again against the Pacers on Dec. 17. Griffin handed out at least five assists in 10 straight games between Mar. 27 and Apr. 14. During that span, he averaged 21.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 6.3 assists per contest. At mid-season, Griffin was named to his fifth consecutive All-Star Game, but he did not participate due to an elbow injury. An All-NBA Third Team selection, Griffin finished eighth in MVP voting. He finished the season ranked eighth in points per game, 11th in usage rate, eighth in PER and 16th in win shares. In the postseason, Griffin helped lead the Clippers over the Spurs in Round 1. In the seven-game series, Griffin posted averages of 24.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 41.1 minutes. He posted a triple-double -- his second of the series -- in the decisive Game 7, finishing with 24 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. In seven games against the Rockets in Round 2, Griffin posted averages of 26.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He missed 15 games in February and March after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.

2013

In what was one of the best seasons of Griffin's career, the Oklahoma product appeared in and started 80 contests. Over 35.8 minutes per game, Griffin averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals. He finished sixth in the NBA in scoring average and ranked 15th in rebounds per game. Griffin led the Clippers in scoring 48 times. He became the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2002-03 to average at least 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists while shooting at least 50 percent from the field. He also became the first player since Bob McAdoo in 1975-76 to average at least 24 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in one of the first four seasons of his career. During a nine-game span from Nov. 6 to Nov. 21, Griffin averaged 24.3 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. He scored at least 20 points in 30 consecutive games from Jan. 20 to Mar. 26, averaging 27.0 points per game in that span. In a loss to Miami on Feb. 5, Griffin went for a season-high 43 points on 16-of-34 shooting. He also added 15 rebounds and six assists. Griffin was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for February. In a win over Sacramento on Nov. 1, Griffin pulled down a season-high 17 boards. He registered a triple-double (25 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) in a loss to Dallas on Apr. 3. Griffin was named a Western Conference All-Star for the fourth time in his career. He started the game and finished with 38 points -- the most ever by a Clippers player. At season's end, Griffin led the league in points in the paint. He finished third in MVP voting and was selected to the All-NBA Second Team. In the postseason, Griffin helped lead the Clippers to the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs. In a seven-game first-round series against Golden State, Griffin averaged 23.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals. In Round 2, the Clippers faced off against the Thunder, with Griffin posting 23.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the six-game series. In a Game 5 loss in Oklahoma City, Griffin finished with 24 points and 17 boards.

2012

In Griffin's third year in the league, he led the playoff-bound Clippers in scoring (1,440 points) and rebounds (662). He averaged 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. Griffin's strongest game of the season came against Orlando on Jan. 12. He contributed 30 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and one block on 68.2 percent shooting. Griffin was named player of the week on Dec. 9 and was named to the All-NBA second team, plus the All-Star team. In the first round of the playoffs against the Grizzlies, Griffin's play was crucial in a two-point, Game 2 victory. He recorded 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block. The Clippers, who finished 56-26 under coach Vinny Del Negro, were elimnated by Memphis in six games.

2011

Griffin appeared in all 66 games of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season for the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.8 steals in 36.2 minutes per game. Griffin led the Clippers in points, rebounds, and field goal attempts, while leading the NBA in dunks with 192. Griffin paced the Clippers in scoring 31 times, rebounding 44 times, blocks 13 times and assists six times. On Dec. 30, in a matchup against the Bulls, Griffin went for 34 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal. He posted the first 20-20 game of his career against the Spurs on Feb. 18, finishing with 22 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in 43 minutes. Griffin was selected to his second career All-Star Game, and he was voted a starter for the first time. In the ASG, Griffin posted 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. On Apr. 24, he scored a season-high 36 points against Atlanta, adding eight boards and three assists. Griffin helped lead the Clippers to the postseason, where they defeated the Grizzlies in Round 1 before falling to the Spurs in four games in Round 2. In Game 3 against San Antonio, Griffin delivered 28 points, 16 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks.

2010

After missing the entirety of the 2009-10 season due to a knee injury, Griffin had one a memorable rookie campaign and appeared in all 82 games for the Los Angeles Clippers. With averages of 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, Griffin was an easy choice for the T-Mobile Rookie of the Year award. The power forward was the first unanimous selection since David Robinson in 1989-90. Griffin also became the first rookie since Yao Ming (2002-03) to play in the All-Star Game. At All-Star Weekend, Griffin took home the Slam Dunk Contest title. Griffin was also the first rookie since Elton Brand to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was just the third player since 2001-02 to average at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists per game. In his NBA debut against the Blazers on Oct. 27, Griffin went for 20 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. He scored a Clippers' rookie record 47 points, to go with 14 boards, in a win over Indiana on Jan. 17. Griffin posted another 40-plus-point game in a Nov. 20 loss to the Knicks, finishing with 44 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Griffin hit 16 of 23 free throws in that contest. In a Mar. 23 win over the Wizards, Griffin posted a 33-point, 17-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, becoming the first Clippers rookie since Jerry West in 1961 to record a triple-double. He also became the first rookie since Allen Iverson to have multiple 40-point games. At season's end, Griffin established himself as the franchise rookie leader in points and free throw attempts, while ranking second in rebounds. Griffin was a unanimous choice for the All-Rookie First Team, and he finished 10th in MVP voting.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2009
    Signed a rookie contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • June 1, 2012
    Signed a five-year contract with the Clippers. Exercised an early termination option in June of 2017.
  • July 18, 2017
    Signed a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • January 29, 2018
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers with Brice Johnson and Willie Reed to the Detroit Pistons for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 1st round draft pickand a 2019 2nd round draft pick.
  • March 5, 2021
    Released by the Pistons.
  • March 7, 2021
    Signed a one-year, $1.23 million contract with the Nets.
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Griffin has evolved significantly since he came into the league in 2010, and he reached new heights as he secured his fifth All-NBA selection last season. Once known for his pick-and-rolls, post-ups and posterizations, Griffin is now a primary ballhandler and three-point threat, leading the Pistons in both assists (402) and three-pointers (189) in 2018-19. Playing next to Andre Drummond has reduced Griffin's rebounding opportunities (7.5 RPG), and his stats now resemble more of a small forward than a power forward. Heading into 2019-20, Griffin figures to occupy the same role, as the Pistons didn't make any acquisitions of high-usage players over the offseason. But with Griffin, the issue is never his production -- it's his health. Since 2014-15, Griffin is averaging just 59.2 games per season, and he's only crossed the threshold of 60 games three times over this stretch. As a result, selecting Griffin in a fantasy draft includes some risk, but his talent level is impossible to ignore.
Griffin signed a five-year, $171.2 million max extension with the Clippers in July of 2017, which was expected to lock the big man in as one of the team's key foundation pieces for the future. However, with Chris Paul getting dealt to the Rockets, and the Clippers struggling to earn a playoff bid, the organization opted to search for trade partners to unload Griffin and his lengthy contract less than a year after the extension. A deal was ultimately put in place with the Pistons at the trade deadline, sending Griffin to pair with Andre Drummond as the top two guys in Detroit. Through 25 games with the Pistons, Griffin understandably saw his rebound numbers (6.6 RPG) take a hit playing alongside a guy like Drummond, but he still co-existed without much trouble and added averages of 19.8 points and an improved 6.2 assists. His usage was similar between the two teams as well and Griffin was still given every opportunity to be the go-to guy on the offensive side of the ball. While Griffin's health will always be of concern -- he's played 67 games or less in four straight seasons -- the 29-year-old now has a full offseason to get comfortable with his new team and could see a slight uptick in his production in 2018-19 as a result. His shooting percentages are nothing to be excited about (43.8% FG, 34.5% 3Pt, 78.5% FT), but his assist totals as a big man are valuable, and he's always going to provide strong scoring and rebounding numbers. It's also worth it to note the Pistons clearly gave him the green light to fire up shots from three-point land, as Griffin's 5.4 attempts from deep were more than double that of any average he's held in a previous season. All of that combined should keep Griffin as a top-30 pick in standard leagues.
Griffin missed out on another All-Star selection last season due to a knee injury, which required arthroscopic surgery. He also underwent a procedure in early May to repair the plantar plate in his right big toe -- an injury he suffered in the first round of the playoffs – though it seems likely he’ll be ready for the 2017-18 season opener. While he missed out on an All-Star bid, Griffin played like one, averaging 21.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He also continued to extend his shooting range, hitting 35.1 percent of his threes on 3.1 attempts per game after the All-Star break. The departure of Chris Paul to the Rockets will certainly affect Griffin's role this season. A capable ball-handler and scorer, Griffin will likely find himself with the rock more often, and he could easily emerge as the Clippers' primary playmaker with the ball-dominant Paul out of the picture. Assuming he can stay healthy, we may see Griffin’s game expand to new levels next season, and he could easily be one of the most productive players at his position next season -- that is, if he can stay healthy.
A highly publicized hand injury sustained in a fight with a team equipment manager and a less publicized, but more significant quad injury limited Griffin to just 35 games last season, cutting short what was otherwise a promising campaign. When healthy, Griffin averaged 21.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the free-throw line. The assist production at the power forward spot is what’s particularly attractive about Griffin’s stat line, and there’s reason to believe it’s sustainable. Griffin averaged 5.3 assists per game two seasons ago and upped that production to more than six per game during the 2014-15 postseason. The Clippers also made minimal tweaks to last year’s 53-win roster, so Griffin’s role as the co-No. 1 option alongside Chris Paul won’t change. With a full offseason to recover, Griffin is expected back at full strength for the start of training camp. If he’s able to remain healthy, a major bounce back fantasy season could be in store.
After another monster year in 2014-15, Griffin looks poised to continue to be a high-level fantasy asset in his sixth NBA season. The 26-year-old All-Star was held to just 67 games played last season by a staph infection on his elbow, but the normally healthy Griffin has played 80 or more games in three of the last five seasons. Despite the elbow injury, Griffin averaged 21.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 35 minutes per game last year. Perhaps the most noteworthy improvement Griffin made to his game was his passing, posting a career best 5.3 assists per game, a significant increase from the 3.9 apg he averaged the previous year. Long touted for his explosive athleticism, Griffin has added versatility to his game in recent years. His free-throw percentage went up slightly for the third consecutive season, as he hit a respectable 73 percent of his shots from the line. Griffin has also focused on expanding his range, which may explain his shooting percentage declining each of the past three seasons from 55 percent in 2011-12 to 50 percent in 2014-15. While his shot-blocking ability leaves more to be desired (0.5 blocks per game last season), Griffin makes up for it with solid contributions across the remaining categories. The Clippers' acquisition of forward Josh Smith should have little impact on Griffin's playing time, as coach Doc Rivers has a history of allotting big minutes to his stars. Griffin should remain one of the best fantasy options in all leagues.
Griffin, now 25 years old, has taken huge steps in his all-around game on the real-life basketball court but has seen relatively small gains on the fantasy side of things. Last season, he averaged 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 36 minutes per game through 80 games played. His free-throw percentage climbed to a respectable 72 percent last season (up from 66% in 2012-13), and there's still upside for him to get better across the board as he begins to take on more responsibility initiating the offense from the post. The one foible with Griffin is that he doesn't block many shots (0.6 blocks per game last season), and given his elite athleticism, that's somewhat disappointing. Griffin's growth at the free-throw line last season significantly improves his value in rotisserie leagues, and there's an argument that he's undervalued in head-to-head leagues, where elite counting stats hold a greater weight. He's also one of the top players in most points leagues.
The story of Griffin's declining numbers is no secret to anyone. After averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds in his rookie season, Griffin averaged 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in his sophomore campaign of 2011-12, and just 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in the 2012-13 season. What many do not realize is that his minutes have taken a similar dip – from 38 minutes in his rookie season to 36 minutes, and finally 33 minutes. His percentages and production in all other categories have been rather consistent, and Griffin's outlook for the coming season will depend on the number of minutes he plays. With the Clippers' recent additions of Byron Mullens, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley, Griffin is likely to see ample space in the low and high posts, when being surrounded by three-point assassins. While Mullens may back up some of his minutes, Griffin is unlikely to see a further dip in court time due to Mullens' multi-positional ability. At just 24 years of age heading into his fourth season, Griffin has the potential to be an elite fantasy contributor, so long as he gets the minutes and improves his free-throw percentage.
Griffin had a successful sophomore season, averaging 20.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game--his second straight season averaging 20 points/10 rebounds. There are several things lacking in Griffin’s game. His mid-range shot is inconsistent; he’s not good when facing the basket; he doesn’t block shots; he can be a turnover machine; he’s foul prone; and his poor free-throw shooting makes him an easy target for hacking. But the dude is exciting to watch. He uses his tremendous strength and athleticism to dominate in the low post, though the finesse parts of his post game need to develop some. Despite missing the entirety of his rookie season due to knee surgery, Griffin hasn’t been a health risk, having not missed a game in two seasons. He did require arthroscopic knee surgery after suffering an injury while practicing with Team USA this summer, but he’s already back to full practices and should be fine entering the season. Griffin will easily average 20/10, and playing with Chris Paul certainly helps get him the ball in the best places to succeed. His deficiencies in free-throw shooting and turnovers severely impair his value in rotisserie leagues in a similar way to the effect Dwight Howard can have on a team, so if you’re drafting him, make sure you’re surrounding him with other players who help repair the damage he does.
Basketball fans had to wait an extra year to see Griffin’s debut, but once he hit the hardwood, the athletically gifted power forward lived up to the hype. Griffin looked to be at full strength as he turned in one highlight reel play after another. The 22-year-old finished the season with averages of 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists, making him one of just four players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in 2010-11. As expected, he was the runaway Rookie of the Year. The only categories he underwhelmed in were free throw shooting (65.4), steals (0.8) and blocks (0.6). Given his freakish jumping ability and quickness, Griffin should develop a better game on the defensive side of the ball as he matures. He struggled with free throw shooting throughout his college career as well, but he showed the ability to step out and hit the occasional jump shot, so we expect his work at the charity stripe to improve, too. Griffin is an absolute freak athletically with a high basketball IQ who never takes a play off. He’s primed to become an elite fantasy option for years to come.
Everything was set up perfectly for Blake Griffin. The top overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, Griffin was penciled in as the starting power forward on a talented Clipper team featuring Baron Davis, Marcus Camby and promising youngsters like Eric Gordon. But a seemingly-minor knee injury in training camp wound up costing Griffin the entire 2009-10 season; he'll make his NBA debut a year later than anticipated. If he were simply a rookie coming out of the draft – and not one coming off a broken kneecap and year-long absence – Griffin would rate higher on draft boards, on the strength of his dominant run with the Oklahoma Sooners. But it remains to be seen how this can't miss prospect will progress at the next level, or if the injury will rob him of the athleticism and physicality that made him a "can't miss" in the first place.
The Clippers’ selection of Griffin with the first overall pick of the draft was a no-brainer. Griffin averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks last year for Oklahoma, while exhibiting toughness, athleticism and poise. His free-throw shooting is a major concern – he shot just 59 percent from the line last season. Considering he has the skills to draw plenty of fouls, the volume of attempts could be a killer in that category. Still, there’s plenty to like when it comes to Griffin, who is fantastic on the glass and should immediately be a threat to score 15-18 points per game as a rookie. Los Angeles was loaded in the frontcourt, but Griffin was too good to pass up, and the team was able to unload Zach Randolph during the offseason, clearing some space for the rookie. Don’t be surprised if Griffin is the team’s starter at power forward on opening night. Griffin took home MVP honors at the Vegas Summer League, but he also strained his right shoulder, which sidelined him for more than a month. The injury didn’t require surgery, and he’s expected to be ready for training camp.
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Griffin closed with 18 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3Pt), 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Saturday's 115-107 victory over the Bucks.
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Held without field goal
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Griffin managed two points (0-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes during Saturday's 105-91 win over the Bulls.
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Scores 20 with three assists
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Griffin had 20 points (8-10 FG, 4-6 3Pt), three assists, two rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over Denver.
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Double-doubles in loss
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May 6, 2021
Griffin posted 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 27 minutes Thursday in the loss to the Mavs.
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Starting vs. Mavs
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May 6, 2021
Griffin will start Thursday's game against Dallas, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
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