AJ Griffin

AJ Griffin

20-Year-Old ForwardF
College Park Skyhawks  G League  
College Park Skyhawks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Hawks made a huge move by trading away John Collins, and it could vault Griffin into an expanded role. This 20-year-old had a solid rookie season in Atlanta, averaging 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals across 20 minutes a night. Most of that production came in the second half of the season, with Griffin making 12 starts from December and on. In those 12 starts, Griffin provided 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.8 threes across 29 minutes a night. Many people believe that's what his role will look like this season because there's a void at power forward with Collins being shipped to Utah. De'Andre Hunter is expected to fill that spot, opening up minutes on the wing. We can't count out a blossoming sophomore stepping into his age-20 season and taking a major leap this year. What needs to be considered is that Griffin has a limited ceiling in this offense. Dejounte Murray and Trae Young do everything, and Griffin will have to add more rebounding and defense to his repertoire if he wants to become a fantasy-relevant player. Don't expect Griffin to get drafted, but he's definitely a player we need to keep an eye on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $7.25 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2022. Hawks exercised $3.89 million team option for 2024-25 in October of 2023. Contract includes $5.97 million team option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Adrian Darnell "AJ" Griffin Jr. was born on August 25, 2003 in Dallas. He is the son of 10-year NBA veteran, and 2021-22 Toronto Raptors assistant, Adrian Griffin. The younger Griffin played high school basketball at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, where he teamed with his older brother, Alan, for one season. Griffin also played alongside current North Carolina standout R.J. Davis. As a junior, Griffin posted 17.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.3 blocks per game before suffering a knee injury. Griffin then missed his entire senior campaign due to an ankle injury. Despite the setback, Griffin was selected to play in both the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Deemed a consensus five-star recruit, Griffin committed to Duke University, where he played for coach Mike Krzyzewski during Krzyzewski's farewell season. Griffin started 25 of his 39 games at Duke, averaging 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.8 threes per game (44.7% 3Pt). At season's end, Griffin was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and was an Honorable Mention All-ACC performer. The 6-foot-6 Griffin was then selected 16th overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the 2022 NBA Draft.

Returning to G League
FCollege Park Skyhawks   G League (Hawks)
February 27, 2024
Atlanta assigned Griffin to the G League's College Park Skyhawks on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Griffin continues splitting time between Atlanta and College Park, presumably for practice reps, as he has not appeared in an NBA game since Jan. 30. He is joined by Mouhamed Gueye in being assigned to College Park on Tuesday
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How does AJ Griffin compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent two-point field goal attempts blocked by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Turnover %
    An estimate of turnovers committed per 100 plays.
  • Usage %
    An estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while they were on the floor.
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True Shooting %
40.3%
 
Effective Field Goal %
38.9%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
73.3%
 
Free Throw Rate
4.4%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.6%
 
Defensive Rebound %
10.1%
 
Total Rebound %
5.7%
 
Assist %
3.7%
 
Steal %
0.3%
 
Block %
0.7%
 
Turnover %
10.7%
 
Usage %
16.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
3.3
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.4
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could be on move
FCollege Park Skyhawks   G League (Hawks)
January 31, 2024
Griffin's name has come up in trade talks between the Hawks and Knicks, Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The 16th overall pick in the 2022 Draft, Griffin showed flashes of upside as a rookie but has fallen out of Atlanta's rotation this season, and he hasn't played 10 or more minutes in a game since Nov. 28. The 20-year-old forward may need a fresh start elsewhere to get his career back on track.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
A one-and-done wing out of Duke, Griffin went to the Hawks with the No. 16 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. He made the ACC All-Freshman Team and ACC All-Honorable Mention Team with averages of 10.4 points on 49/45/79 shooting, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 combined blocks-plus-steals in 23.9 minutes. His excellent perimeter shooting and savvy offensive bag give him intriguing upside as a secondary playmaker at the NBA level. His size - 6-foot-6, 222 pounds with a seven-foot wingspan - means he has the tools to switch-defend as a pro. However, two things mainly caused him to slip down the draft board. His defense is inconsistent, and he's already dealt with many injuries. Knee and ankle injuries cost him nearly two years of high school basketball. However, at pick 16, it makes sense for Atlanta to take a chance on someone with Griffin's upside. His path to minutes as a rookie is shaky - he'll compete with Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Holiday and Maurice Harkless on the wing - but he may see opportunities here and there.
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Promoted to Atlanta
FAtlanta Hawks
February 26, 2024
Atlanta recalled Griffin from the G League's College Park Skyhawks on Monday.
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Hits 21-point mark in G League
FCollege Park Skyhawks   G League (Hawks)
February 25, 2024
Griffin had 21 points (8-15 FG, 5-9 3Pt), five rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes off the bench Saturday in the G League College Park Skyhawks' 115-102 loss to the Greensboro Swarm.
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Sent to G League
FCollege Park Skyhawks   G League (Hawks)
February 21, 2024
The Hawks assigned Griffin to the G League's College Park Skyhawks on Wednesday.
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Out for Wednesday
FAtlanta Hawks
Illness
February 13, 2024
Griffin (illness) won't play Wednesday versus Charlotte.
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Won't play Monday
FAtlanta Hawks
Illness
February 12, 2024
Griffin has been ruled out for Monday's game against Chicago due to an illness, Brad Rowland of the Locked On Podcast Network reports.
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