Coming out of Oklahoma, everyone knew Blake Griffin would be a human highlight reel. What we didn’t was how big of an impact he would have in his rookie season, dominating the game so soon, regardless of the thunderous dunks.
To recap, as a 21-year-old, Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.8 assists, while shooting over 50 percent from the field. To put that in perspective, Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley averaged at least 22 and 12 in just three of his 16 NBA seasons.
On top of that, Griffin has so much room to improve, it is scary to think of his potential. No player in the NBA has his combination of footwork, leaping ability and body control. If you do not believe me, simply skip to No. 2 in the video.
The jump shot is the easiest aspect of his game to point out, but that should improve itself with the work Griffin puts into the offseason. With that aspect, his scoring will have a serious upswing. However, it is the rest of his game where he could really take off.
Griffin's 3.8 assists per game were second in the league for power forwards behind Boris Diaw, a utility man who handles the ball much more than he posts up. His assist totals will only grow as his court vision improves.
As Griffin’s assists will improve proportionately with his offensive awareness, his defensive numbers will improve with experience and awareness on that end of the court. Griffin’s totals in blocks and steals were relatively modest, but once he gets more comfortable with the rotations of an NBA defense, those numbers should skyrocket for a player wit his athletic ability.
The sky is the limit for Blake Griffin. We already had to wait for him for one year, don’t keep us waiting for another season.