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Blake Griffin in Game 6 of the 2012 playoffs against Memphis
Griffin has become notorious in the league for his preference for the dunk, and Kia Motors appreciates that.
The Clippers and their fans, on the other hand, would probably prefer that Griffin develop other aspects of his game.
In the regular season last year, he shot just 25 percent from 10-15 feet and just under 40 percent from beyond 16 feet. During the playoffs, his mid-range jumper was even worse, as he only shot 25 percent from 16 feet out or more.
When he has the ball in the post, Griffin’s go-to move is to spin around against his defender, get to the basket and score.
But Griffin struggles against stronger defenders who won’t be so easy to get around. That, along with his poor ball-handling ability, makes it difficult for him to create his own shot. He’ll give up the ball to a teammate outside or attempt a 10-footer that, as we know, he doesn’t make very often.
That doesn’t make Griffin the most effective player in the post and causes him to turn the ball over a lot (he's averaging 2.5 turnovers a game).
If Griffin improves on his outside shooting, he’ll be much harder to defend. He’ll have the option of putting the ball on the floor and going inside, or shooting that mid-range jumper (and making it). That’s an option that he didn’t have his first two years in the NBA, and one that will make him a more versatile scorer.