Why Blake Griffin is a Bonifide Superstar

Blake Griffin has now risen to super star status in the NBA. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Blake Griffin has now risen to superstar status in the NBA. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison

By DaVince “Dino” Wright

When you think of some of the most exciting players currently in the NBA who comes to mind? LeBron James, Dewayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, James Harden, Derrick Rose and Kevin Durant. It’s playoff time and these guys are the marquee players who fans love to watch. Everyone knows Blake Griffin because of his breath taking dunks, blocks and rebounds. Griffin has been the best player in the postseason so far and nearly got his team over the line in Game 2. He was coming off back-to-back triple-doubles and the Clippers will continue to rely on his all-round game. With the added mid-range jump shot Blake has been utilizing, it makes it hard for power forwards to guard him away from the basket. Blake, during the Chris Paul injury led the team in assists, steals and points per game. Coach Doc Rivers said, “Blake is the second best passer on our team, averaging 10 assists in the last two games”. Watching his growth during these playoffs allows the avid basketball junkie great joy because of how he’s playing. Chris Paul returned for Friday night’s game in Los Angeles and Blake was back at his normal position in the paint. Turning and facing the basket allows him to create passing angles and beat his man off of the dribble to attack the rim. Since the start of the playoffs he has made his team better in every aspect of the game from scoring, rebounding and steals. Listed below are a few highlights of Blake’s playoff off stats.

Blake Griffin Notable 2015 Playoff Stats:
Blake Griffin continues to be the best player in the playoffs and had 34 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block on 13-of-23 shooting in Wednesday’s Game 2 loss to the Rockets. Griffin led Los Angeles with 34 points, but had just eight after halftime Wednesday, May 6.

Blake Griffin triple-doubled with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting (8-of-10 FTs), 14 rebounds, 13 assists and one steal in the Clippers’ 99-92 Game 1 win over the Rockets in Houston on Monday, May 4.

Griffin proved why the NBA is amazing with a triple-double back on Saturday, May 2. He triple-doubled against the Spurs with 24 points, 13 boards, 10 assists and four turnovers in 40 minutes.

Blake Griffin logged 41 minutes against the Spurs during a Game 6 victory on Thursday, April 30 scoring 26 points with 12 boards, six assists, one steal and four blocks.

Blake Griffin finished the Clippers crushing Game 5 loss with a game-high 30 points (10-of-15 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, one block and five turnovers on Tuesday, April 28.