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ESPN’s Rank: No. 14
As one of the most athletic power forwards that the game has to offer, Blake Griffin has averaged 21.7 points and 11.5 rebounds so far in his young career. His numbers slipped a bit throughout his sophomore season, and as a result, ESPN dropped him to 14th on their list from 10th the year before.
But the question remains: Is Griffin really as good as advertised?
Before we delve in, let’s get one thing straight: Blake Griffin is very, very good.
His athleticism is nearly untouched, as he can soar above the rim for highlight-worthy finishes and rebounds that few others are capable of. Even his shot is beginning to improve, making him at least noticeable in the short-to-mid range.
The problem lies, of course, on the defensive end of the floor. He often times requires help on the block, and he’s yet to average more than .7 blocks per game.
For those of you who have watched Griffin grow in Los Angeles, sometimes it’s difficult to remember that he is just two full seasons into his NBA career; but with poor defense and a still-underwhelming shot, he must continue to develop before he is considered a top-15 player.