Blake Griffin is widely considered a lock to be the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Few people can deny his dominance at the collegiate level. Griffin notched his 23rd double-double, against Texas Tech this weekend, which leads the nation.
Despite the authority he has commanded at the collegiate level, I have to ask: Will Blake Griffin be able to make the transition to the NBA? Or will become another big man bust?
In college Griffin has missed a total of three games due to injury, two games last season to a knee injury and one game with a concussion this season. Will his knee injuries flare up again when he gets into the more physical NBA? Big men in the NBA take more of a beating than any other position on the floor, if Griffin's old injuries flare up it could severely limit him in the professional game.
The University of Oklahoma stand-out is the No. 19 scorer and No. 1 rebounder in college basketball (according to ESPN.com) this season. Can he carry these consistent numbers into the NBA?
Many teams consider Griffin to be a center, but his height (6'10") would be considered short for the position. This would put him at a disadvantage automatically, especially when he goes up against the seven-footers of the league.
What if Griffin played power forward? I don't think that he quite fits the "modern" mold of the power forward. Many power forwards will be expanded to stretch the floor by being a threat from outside the paint.
Griffin has taken a total of nine three-pointers in his career at OU, and has only made two of them. This would lead to a one dimensional game that is normally associated with role players, not potential superstars.
Will Griffin be an undersized center or a one-dimensional power forward? This might lead to Griffin being limited in his playing time because he doesn't have the versatility of many players in the league currently.
Don't get me wrong, I think that Blake Griffin could be a phenomenal professional player, but sometimes the sports world needs a devil's advocate.