7 Things Blake Griffin Must Learn from Kevin Garnett

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7 Things Blake Griffin Must Learn from Kevin Garnett
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Blake Griffin is already well on his way to dominating the NBA at power forward the way Kevin Garnett has since the late 90s. After just two years as an active pro, Griffin has established himself as a perennial All-Star and 20-10 guy with the talent to carry a franchise in the not-so-distant future.

Even if that franchise has been weighed down by mediocrity, just as the Minnesota Timberwolves were when "The Kid" first arrived and the Los Angeles Clippers have been since...well, the dawn of time.

As ESPN's Tom Haberstroh discussed prior to the 2011-12 season, Griffin, like KG, is unusual for a big man (in a good way) in the sense that he's a "triple threat," which is to say, he has the ability to dribble, pass and shoot, particularly out of the high post.

Both also happen to be freak athletes, though Blake, at a bulky 6'10" and 250 pounds, is already stouter and stronger than The Big Ticket has ever been.

This isn't all to say, though, that Griffin is already in KG's class as far as power forwards are concerned. Garnett may be nearly a full Bar Mitzvah boy older than Blake, but as he demonstrated during the Boston Celtics' most recent playoff run, he can hardly be counted out of the league's elite just yet.

That said, if Griffin is to ever so much as sniff the heights that Garnett reached at his peak (between 2002 and 2007), he'd do well to absorb these five lessons from one of the game's all-time greats.

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