Sixteen games into his NBA debut, Blake Griffin has already provided ESPN with a decade’s worth of highlight reels. Griffin’s cunning footwork and emphatic dunks are a marvel to behold and he is one of the most exciting developments the league has seen so far this season. Notably, Griffin recently went on a rampage at the Staples Center for a career high 44 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists in a losing effort against the New York Knicks, a game in which he showcased not only his potential to be a scoring machine, but also an ability to ignite a stadium full of Clippers fans with his powerful maneuvers towards the basket finalized with a thundering slam dunk. Basketball fans are hoping that this is just a preview of what will be a long and exciting career in the NBA for the second-year rookie.
Statistically, Blake Griffin’s scoring production continues to rise as he becomes more comfortable attacking the basket, leading to more opportunities at the stripe for an easy two. In the last three games, he has averaged nearly 18 free throw attempts per game which is an astounding number comparable to elite players who attack the basket such as Dwight Howard and LeBron James. This is certainly good news for the oft-struggling Los Angeles Clippers, who have won two of their last three games, one of which was an impressive victory against Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets.
With season averages of 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds thus far, Blake Griffin immediately makes his case for an All-Star appearance but more importantly, the Clippers have a chance at a winning season.