New Los Angeles Clippers Coach Needs To Keep An Eye On Blake Griffin

By John Raffel
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The person that takes over as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers will have many goals to work on as soon as he starts the job.

One of his main projects should be working with three-year veteran Blake Griffin and getting him to go back to some of the numbers he had in his rookie season.

The new coach will know how important it will be to get Griffin healthy. They need also to study tapes for his rookie season to his third season to see why he has not improved, but has actually gone backwards to some extent.

It’s not that Griffins’ numbers are poor. Quite the contrary. But the Clippers have to reevaluate whether or not those numbers could be better. Griffin started all 82 games for the Clippers as a rookie and averaged 38.0 minutes,  22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. As an NBA sophomore, he started all 66 games and averaged 36.2 minutes, 2o.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Last season, in 80 starts he was at 32.5 minutes, 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

His numbers are fine but for some reason, they’ve decreased. It’s time for Griffin to turn around those numbers and continue what’s been a promising career.

More than anything, a new coach will want to have Griffin at 100 percent and at his best for the 2013-14 playoffs.

Shooting doesn’t seem to be a major Griffin concern. For his career, he’s at 52.9 percent from the floor, and 61.1 percent in free throws. He was 53.8 percent from the floor and 66.6 percent in free throws. A second main project for Griffin will be increasing his free throw accuracy by up to 10 points.

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