If you asked me one year ago what I thought about Blake Griffin, I probably would have told you that I thought he was an extremely talented player in college, however, due to his devastating knee injury, he most likely would never be the same type of athlete that he once was.
Flash forward to today, and all I can say about Blake Griffin is WOW!
Among all of Griffin's many achievements this year, his accomplishment today was his most impressive, by far. Against the Indiana Pacers today, Blake scored an amazing 47 points (a league high)!
For a power forward, that's truly impressive. This was Blake's 27th consecutive double-double (he had 14 rebounds today along with the 47 points). The man is only a rookie.
Griffin can do it all. The man can dunk, pass, run, leap, block-shots and shoot. When he was first being scouted, he was compared to Karl Malone. I think he's completely different. In all honesty, I think he's going to be more of a complete player in that he has a real jump shot, is extremely fast, powerful, can handle the ball well, and right now, he seems even more graceful to me then the Mailman.
During today's game against the Pacers, Griffin shot 19-24, which works out to 79 percent. Griffin was also 9-11 from the free-throw line, had three assists, and a block. This game wasn't just a fluke. Griffin is averaging 21.9 points per game, 12.7 rebounds per game, and .6 blocks per game (a number which I think will increase as the season progresses).
Very few players can match up with Blake. In the past week, he has led the Clippers to victories of a Lebron-less Heat, and last night, his team beat the Lakers, in which he had 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Clippers have a decent schedule ahead of them, and I think we should expect several more huge games from the Oklahoma alum.
Ian is a contributor for Bleacher Report. Ian is also the cofounder of What's Good Blog and writes for the site daily.