Blake Griffin is having one of the greatest rookie seasons in the history of the NBA. His jaw-dropping dunks and non-stop motor have left teammates, coaches and opposing players searching for superlatives. But not everyone is a fan.
Thursday night, Portland Trailblazers beat writer Jason Quick tweeted the following quote from Blazer guard Andre Miller on Griffin's All-Star selection: "I'm not a hater. But [Griffin] hasn't made anyone better. They are giving young guys too much respect.”
Apparently, Miller has not watched any Clippers games this year. Or maybe he has and is, in fact, a “hater.”
How else could you possibly argue against this type of production: 23 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 3.6 APG. Those aren’t just All-Star numbers, they’re superstar numbers. In less than a year, Griffin has already cemented himself as a top three power forward.
But the most egregious aspect of Miller’s quote is his assertion that Griffin "hasn’t made anyone better." Firstly, he leads all power forwards in assists, which, at the very least, means he’s giving teammates scoring chances. Secondly, Griffin is fourth in offensive rebounding, which means he is creating more offensive possessions and more shots for his teammates. And lastly, and most importantly, he has reinvigorated the entire Clippers organization.
And if you won’t take my word for it, will Phil Jackson’s suffice? "Jackson said Griffin’s intensity has ‘gotten Baron Davis to...play hard’ and said the same goes for the rookie power forward’s effect on other veteran teammates,” writes Kevin Deng of the Orange County Register.
And we haven’t even gotten to the highlights yet. After watching this, how could you possibly argue that this guy is not an All-Star? And those are just his dunks in November.
Recapping, Griffin is producing on an All-Star level, making his teammates better, and has the respect of opposing players and coaches, but that is not enough for Andre Miller? Lucky for us planning on watching the All-Star Game, Andre did not have a vote.