Ranking Blake Griffin's Best and Worst Commercials
Photo Credit: Kia
His work with Kia, FunnyorDie.com, Rage, AT&T and others have propelled him into the stratosphere of marketable athletes today.
While most of his commercials are pretty darn funny, there have been some that have missed the mark.
You know what's smart? Watching the following commercials.
And practicing your free throws, a lot.
Best No. 7: Griffin Travels to 1995
"Practice your free throws, a lot."
Griffin has made a couple trips back in time in his Kia's, but none further back then this trip to 1995.
Apparently young Blake has already mastered his dunking skills, and the kid they found to play him looks to be spot on.
Humility from the normally ego-obsessed professional athlete can be refreshing, and Griffin, a 59.8 percent career free-throw shooter, displays just that here.
His first trip back in time was good, but better ones are to follow.
Best No. 6: Kia Optima Tries to Dunk over Griffin
"I should know, I'm a dunkologist."
I'm not sure if this one minute spot has actually made it to TV yet or is just generating buzz online, but either way it's pretty good.
The plot is a play off of Griffin's famous dunk over a Kia Optima in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, one that really launched his ad campaign with Kia.
Jeff Goldblum is a nice addition, and you have to love knowing that something's going to go wrong while not really knowing for sure exactly what.
You've got to really admire Griffin taking that hit like a champ, too.
Worst No. 3: Griffin Uses a Copier
I get this is a small-budget ad for the Los Angeles Clippers website, but even so it was rather disappointing.
The setup is nice, like one of the "This Is SportsCenter" commercials with athletes in the office, except that nothing funny happens afterwards.
I'm not blaming Blake, since he's likely just reading from a script, but I expect better from a Griffin commercial.
Best No. 5: Fashion Advice
"Stop wearing jean shorts. Just trust me."
Griffin makes another trip back, this time going to 1997.
He once again runs into his former self who's matured greatly in just two years. After some quick career advice, and a Kia plug, they wrap up the ad nicely with a nice '90s fashion reference.
As a child of the '90s, yes, jean shorts were awesome to wear back then and the challenge to collect as many grass stains as possible was too good to pass up.
This trip back was better, with the best being yet to come.
Best No. 4: Griffin Talks Safety, Feeds Wildlife
"You know what is safe? The 2012 Kia Optima."
BG will stop at nothing to deliver the news over his new-found love of everything Kia.
A man of many talents, Griffin can not only dish out safety advice, but also recommend a safe vehicle while assisting with local wildlife feeding.
While there's not a lot of lines in this ad, it feeds beautifully in the overall humor of the commercial.
Worst No. 2: Not That Impressive of an Ad
Most of the 30-second Kia spots with Griffin are quite good, but this one just seems to miss the mark.
A lot of the setup and line delivery is the same as others, but this one just lacked a true punchline to make you smile.
It certainly had potential, yes, but of all the Kia commercials with BG, this may have been the most disappointing.
A common reaction to this commercial can be found here.
Best No. 3: Career Advice for Little Blake
The best of time traveler Blake sees him taking a trip back to 1999.
Young Blake is beginning to grow up, so naturally Griffin offers some friendly career advice to help get the youngster off on the right foot.
Again, Griffin shows a little bit of humility as he's come under fire from opposing head coaches for his repeated dunks and stares.
The setup, line delivery and mechanical horse are all perfect, making this his best Kia commercial to date.
Best No. 2: Griffin and Buddies Will Help You Reach Tall Things
"Great bee pun, Adrian."
So it may not technically be a real commercial, but it does deserve a high spot on this list.
Grffin spent time during the NBA lockout of 2011 with the good people at FunnyorDie.com, and it definitely shows.
This piece aired during the 2011 ESPYs, and it's nothing short of brilliant.
Kevin Love, Tyson Chandler, Adrian Peterson and Metta World Peace all lend a helping hand, but it's Griffin's over-the-top bad acting that really steals the show.
Worst No. 1: Blake Gets a Virtual Kiss
This has to be one of Griffin's earlier adventures in advertisement.
Not only is the ad itself pretty bad, but his acting and subtle humor are all but missing from this piece.
Griffin looks like he's 14 years old, and appears to be much more inexperienced behind the camera than he is now.
I like the idea of showcasing their network speed with one of his dunks, but AT&T missed the mark overall with this one.
Getting a virtual kiss shouldn't be this exciting to a group of grown men.
Best No. 1: Blake Really Wants to Get in the Game
Watching this ad is like watching a hilarious, perfectly scripted mini-movie.
Griffin is so desperate to get into the game he resorts to camping out, petitioning, climbing office windows and jumping over jungle cats to get the attention of the game developers.
This commercial has a little bit of everything, and is particularly interesting because of the differences in the game itself and the person who's advertising for it.
What does basketball have to do with a first-person shooter?
Probably nothing, which makes the ad even more funny and creative.
Griffin's best work to date is truly his hardest working ad.