Blake Griffin has had a successful career so far in the NBA. He’s won the Rookie of the Year in 2011. He’s also won the Slam Dunk challenge in the All Star Weekend that same year. He was also the only rookie since Yao Ming in 2003 to make the All Star team and is the only player since Tim Duncan to be voted to the game as a reserve by the coaches. He’s won over numerous fans because of his charisma and flair. He’s had numerous highlight reels on ESPN with plenty of jaw-dropping dunks and effortless plays. But is this his identifier? Is he just all flash and no substance?
Right now, Griffin is operating on athleticism. His flair and his dominance on offense are due to his insane athleticism. He is like Kenyon Martin, before all the injuries. Aside from the highlight reels and the flashy dunks though, people fail to notice that he is actually a good passer. He is not really a good shooter though, and that continues to be his biggest weakness on offense. He is also quite suspect on defense.
He has the foundation to be a multi-layered star, but he still has a long way to go for him to be more than just a high-flyer. But given what he has done so far, it’s impressive. He averaged 21.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists his first two years in the league. As long as he works on his game and improves his shooting, then he should join the upper echelon of stars (if he is not there yet).
Griffin is in a very good position moving forward, as he has the support of the Clipper organization by his side and a superstar point guard in Chris Paul to help him in his development. While he maybe all flash right now, he is certainly on pace to be something really special in the NBA. Barring an injury, Griffin should be one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. While his high-flying antics will keep fans in awe, his play and charisma will keep fans enamoured long after he retires from the game of basketball.