- The Los Angeles Clippers have been seen as a formidable team in the NBA for the last 2 and a half years. Many people largely attribute this to them acquiring All- Star point guard Chris Paul. Well, the high flying All-Star power forward Blake Griffin doesn’t speak much but has let his game speak volumes about the allegations that without Chris Paul the Los Angeles Clippers would go back to being the Clippers of years past and become the laughing stalk of the NBA.
Since Chris Paul has been out of the lineup Blake Griffin has elevated his level of play and is earning the respect of his teammates as a leader. The Clippers have won 6 of their last 9 games without Paul and Griffin is averaging 24.7 pts, 7.4 rebs and 5 ast while shooting 54% from the field. Griffin is emerging as the best power forward in the NBA not because of his numbers, but because of his steady improvement and his ability to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to quality victories in the absence of their veteran leader Chris Paul.
Prior to this season Blake Griffin was commonly labeled as a player who only could dunk; however, Griffin’s recent success can be attributed to his work ethic in regards to refining and improving his post game and working on his mid range game. “I was really working on my overall game this summer,” Griffin said in an interview. He also mentioned that the coaching staff worked specifically on shots that he knew that he would be getting in games that he had been missing. He also credits his ability to work so hard to the fact that he had been healthy for the first time all summer. If that isn’t enough to convince you that Blake Griffin has elevated his game on all angles, try the fact that he’s jumped from being a 66% free throw shooter to a 71% free throw shooter, which is a huge improvement for BG.
Griffin is in a steady battle, trying to prove himself to the basketball world that he’s not just a 2-time NBA Slam Dunk Champion, but that he’s the NBA’s best power forward and an electrifying big man that is a force to be reckoned with. With Chris Paul looking to return in time for the NBA All Star game, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers are gaining momentum going into the All-Star weekend and are looking to make a push towards home court advantage in the playoffs.