Los Angeles Clippers

Blake Griffin Says He's the Best Power Forward in the NBA

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at STAPLES Center on February 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Joe FlynnContributor IFebruary 21, 2014

Blake Griffin visited the Jay Mohr Sports radio show after practice on Thursday to talk about dunks and his place in the pantheon of current NBA power forwards.

Here is the audio, courtesy of FOX Sports.

Mohr: You're very humble and I know there are a lot of great power forwards, especially in the West. But, for the sake of my show, I'll ask you again...you can say "me," and I'll just play it on a loop....Who is the best power forward in the NBA?

Griffin: I've got to go with myself!

Whoa, Blake, settle down with all that "me, myself and I" talk. You're supposed to be humble!

Seriously, though, is there anything surprising about his statement? He was asked the question, and he answered it honestly. It's not as if Griffin is painting "NBA's Best PF" on his Kia Optima (the one with the Napa leather seats and the sporty exterior!) A perennial All-Star like Griffin probably should consider himself to be the best player at his position.

So now we know that Griffin considers himself to be the NBA's best 4. But does he actually have a case?

In an article published on Dec. 30, Andrew Lynch of Hardwood Paroxysm wrote that Griffin was usually lost in a debate that centered around Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge:

The battle lines are drawn among two major camps: those who support Kevin Love’s candidacy, and those who back LaMarcus Aldridge. Blake Griffin gets some periphery consideration, too, though much of the evidence in his favor seems hypothetical at best.

However, a lot has changed in that time, and Griffin's case doesn't seem quite so hypothetical anymore, at least when compared to Aldridge.

The old knock on Griffin was that he was a product of the best point guard in the game, Chris Paul. Take Paul away, and Griffin would be an inefficient, one-dimensional dunker with nobody left to throw him alley-oops.

But then Paul went down for a month with an injury, and the strangest thing happened: Griffin got better. He carried the Clippers to a surprising 12-6 mark in Paul's absence. Since Jan. 03, the date of Paul's injury, Griffin has averaged 28.2 points per game on 56.8 percent shooting.

It's impossible to know for sure whether or not Griffin is actually a superior player to the likes of Love and Aldridge, but he is certainly isn't delusional for calling himself the best power forward in the game right now.

At least he didn't mention Mount Rushmore; we should all be thankful for that.

 

*All statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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