The 2013 NBA season is still in its infant stages. In fact, the opening tip was just a few weeks ago, yet pencil in the name Blake Griffin as the most improved player for the Los Angeles Clippers. Before statisticians get their pocket protectors in a bunch, numbers have been known to tell an occasional white lie.
In years past, Griffin was merely the hot body at the beach. This year, he’s added substance to compliment his freakish highlight reel. Griffin wants to be a complete basketball player, it’s as obvious in his mishaps as it is in his on-court accomplishments. His humble approaches to the game is a vague resemblance of the former Slam Dunk Champion who could be recognized by a scouting report that hasn’t altered since he came into the league.
Griffin’s leap of faith wasn’t an obvious one when the season began. Griffin is a capable shooter, though when dared, opted for truth. His hesitation to take advantage of vast space between himself and his opponent stagnates an orchestrated tempo masterly conducted by opportunistic point guard, Chris Paul.
The Clippers’ offensive coordinator weaves through the opposition until curiosity gets the best of a defender and he leaves a man open. If that man does not take the shot, the defenders has time to recover leaving Paul with the ball back in his hands with an expiring shot clock.
Griffin was guilty as charged early and often, but has since been more active on offense with or without the ball, displaying a conundrum of moves around the basket, and taking and making the mid-range jumper. Griffin is emerging as a trusted first option for Paul, yet there’s room for growth for the fifth year player. And, that a scary proposition.
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