It’s no secret that Blake Griffin is one of the best talents in the NBA. The Los Angeles Clippers power forward has made great strides since being drafted first overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. A lot of basketball fans weren’t sure how the Big 12 Player of the Year would pan out. Everyone knew he had plenty of talent and could jump out of the gym, but could he develop into a perennial All-Star in a guard-dominated league?
Blake Griffin has since put his haters and critiques to rest. This season he made his fifth NBA All-Star appearance in a row, was voted to the All-NBA Third Team and helped the Clippers to a 56-26 record in the extremely tough Western Conference. Obviously, we all know what happened in the playoffs as the Clippers couldn’t close out a series after leading the Rockets 3-1. But while he struggled at times in fourth quarters, we can’t overlook the fact that he DOMINATED this postseason.
Still, another season with another disappointing finish for the Clippers. To me it doesn’t make sense. They seem to have all the pieces in place: an experienced coach, an incredible point guard in Chris Paul, a defensive-minded center, and of course, a developing young star in Blake Griffin. This team cannot seem to get over the hump, even as the only team with three guys on the All-NBA team. It certainly wasn’t Blake’s fault. His numbers during this postseason were insane. He averaged 25.5 ppg, 12.7 rebounds, and 6.1 assists. BG even dropped back-to-back triple-doubles while Chris Paul was injured.
Can Blake Griffin become that guy that leads his team to the NBA Finals? Two things are for sure: He has dramatically improved his game since his rookie season and he still has the ability to get better. Kobe Bryant even acknowledged the improvements Blake has made over the years.
From passing to shooting to rebounding, Blake Griffin is becoming a man child on the court. Here at The Drop, we have dissected the improvements BG has made since he entered the league. Scroll through and understand why Kobe is never wrong.
Here is a GIF guide on How Blake Griffin Can Be Better Than Ever and Finally Get the Clippers to the NBA Finals.
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