The Griffin is flying and flying high in the City of Angels!
↑ Blake Griffin, PF – LAC
Well it’s another week, and another Clippers player is in the spotlight. While it may be obvious to most fans and insiders that Mr. Griffin is off to a superb start to his career, it’s important to understand the merits of his accomplishments.
Griffin is averaging a double-double on the season with 21.8 PPG and 12.6 rebounds. He’s tallied 23 consecutive double-doubles. In addition, Blake is mixing in 3.3 assists and is shooting 51.8 percent from the field. He’s even had a block in five straight games.
Furthermore, Griffin has scored 20+ points in 23 games and 30+ in four games on the season. And the last time he failed to reach at least 10 rebounds in a game was way back on Nov. 18, when he had eight against Indiana. As if that’s not impressive enough, Griffin has grabbed 14+ rebounds in 16 of his team’s games this season.
Need more proof of Griffin’s greatness? Griffin ranks in the top 10 in the NBA in offensive rebound percentage (12.5), defensive rebound percentage (27.4) and total rebound percentage (20). This translates to one out of every five rebounds by the Clippers winding up in his hands.
Impressed yet? If you’re looking for a flaw in his game, look no further than his 60 percent shooting from the charity stripe. Other than that, Blake Griffin certainly is taking the NBA by storm.
↑ DeMar DeRozan, SG – TOR
Way up north of the border, there’s a second year player who’s starting to make some noise for a down-trodden Raptors franchise. Mr. DeRozan has played some very solid basketball thus far, and especially as of late.
DeDe averaging 23.8 points, 3.67 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game over his last six games. He recently went off for 37 points against Houston (12/31); two nights later, he tallied 27 against my beloved Celtics, and last night against the Kings, racked up another 28. In fact, DeRozan has scored in double-digits in all but two games since the beginning of December.
The former first round pick (ninth in 2009) is only being started in 47 percent of CBS leagues. Considering his solid starting spot for the Raptors, his scoring ability and his knack to grab a few boards, DeRozan should be on your radar.