Everyone sees Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin posterizing some poor player on SportsCenter every night. However, few people have realized his slight decline in fantasy basketball production through the 2012 season.
Griffin is averaging a respectable 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds this season. However, his numbers are down significantly from last year, as he posted 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds throughout the 2011 season. This is not what you want to see from a player that was drafted so high this fall, especially with the current flux of talent at the forward position right now.
Griffin is coming off an enormous 30-point, 11-rebound effort in the team’s 105-104 nail-biting win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. He is finally looking like the elite fantasy player he was drafted to be, and he has scored 20 points or more in five of his last 10 games. He has also gone over 10 rebounds in five of those 10 games, so he has better numbers on the horizon.
The 23-year-old superstar is just getting warmed up this fantasy season and always plays his best basketball at the end of the year. Look for his average to move closer to 20 points a game in the month of December and his rebounding total to inch towards the 10-board per game mark.
It is only one month into the NBA season, so there will be a lot of time for Blake to get back into All-Star fantasy form. Owners should remain patient and keep a finger on the TIVO button, because the Blake Griffin Show will be returning soon to a city near you.