LaMarcus Aldridge Should Have Made All-NBA Second Team Over Blake Griffin

By Devin O'Barr
Blake Griffin dunks
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The high-flying dunks are transcendent to some, but the Blake Griffin train is full hype and short on actual production to me. A one-dimensional game has landed Griffin on the AllNBA Second Team for the second straight year, yet he doesn’t even belong in the conversation in my opinion.

LaMarcus Aldridge averaged more points, rebounds and blocks than Griffin did in 2013 — if that wasn’t enough Aldridge also shot 81 percent from the field, which absolutely blows away the lowly 66 percent shooting percentage that Griffin featured this season.

Plenty are screaming already, claiming that Griffin’s team was winning while the Portland Trail Blazers failed to make the postseason yet again. However, the fact that the Los Angeles Clippers got the boot in the just the first round of action for the second year makes that argument nearly irrelevant in this debate.

If you want to play that game, though —  had Los Angeles threw Aldridge on the floor to combat the Memphis Grizzlies, I’m sure he would have fared better than the overrated slam dunk contest hero.

At 6-foot-10 Griffin refuses to develop a game that doesn’t revolve around tip-dunks or an occasional athletic spin move. It’s obvious that the league has figured this guy out as his points and rebounds per game both took a hit from his previous two seasons.

On the other hand, Aldridge has been the model of consistency, averaging nearly a double-double for the entirety of his career. Not to mention, the defensive impact that Aldridge makes is significant while Griffin was a part of a Clipper defense that rarely defends and relies on their athleticism far too much.

Sadly, this is just another example of the hype taking precedence over the actual statistics.

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