Blake Griffin: Shawn Kemp Couldn't Be More Right About Clippers Star

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 29, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and the Western Conference dunks during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The way I see it, you can lump slam dunks in the NBA into two categories: power dunks and athletic dunks.

Power dunks rattle the rim, scare women and children and in the old days would even shatter the glass. Athletic dunks involve spins, players jumping over other players and inspire "Oooohs" and "Ahhhhs" throughout an arena.

Very few players are a master of both varieties. The closest in today's NBA is Blake Griffin, but Shawn Kemp would like to remind everyone Griffin isn't in his league.

And he's right. Here are his comments.

Listen, Griffin is one of the most exciting dunkers in the NBA today, but let's be honest—his dunks rarely involve the sort of power that Kemp brought to the table. In fact, some of Griffin's finest dunks have been very close to simply being extremely athletic layups.

I don't want to get petty—that was remarkable. But Griffin didn't dunk that so much as he sort of powerfully propelled the ball through the rim.

Now take a look at some of Kemp's highlights.

See the difference?

Before Kemp ballooned to a weight that suggested he put a fair share of buffets out of business, he was one of the best dunkers the NBA had ever seen, and one of the few players who could bring both the athleticism and power on every dunk.

Griffin has that same ability, but not to the same degree as Kemp.

 

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