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The soaring hype for Blake Griffin and the Blake Show has reached a towering crescendo, fueled by one of the most impressive rookie campaigns in league history. In fact, Griffin has met these high expectations head-on in his inaugural year, which in retrospect was even better than Lebron James’ impressive first year in the league.
Astoundingly, you have to go back to Shaquille O’Neal’s dominating rookie season to see a similar comparison.
Griffin made it look easy to average 22.5 points (.506 FG%), 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, which was certainly more than enough for his runaway 2010-11 NBA ROY award.
In just one year, Griffin has become the most electrifying and exciting player in the league with an uncanny ability to jump out of the freaking gym like it’s nobody’s business. His vertical and explosive athletic game in the paint is unparalleled in the league and it only helps that the majority of his possessions are in the post.
At 6-ft-10 with the strength and build of LeBron James, Griffin has a proven ability to routinely outmuscle his man. He exhibits excellent footwork with unparalleled quickness for his size and can rapidly change directions in the paint, while simultaneously positioning himself into prime enemy real-estate with physical intimidation—making him almost unguardable.
When he has the ball in the low block, Griffin uses both finesse and brute force to finish at the rim with a fine collection of spin moves that often lead to an overpowering and thunderous dunk. But the man with big hands and a very soft touch has other effective methods of attacking the rim including an onslaught of turnaround jumpers and spin moves, as well as a nice right-handed hook shot.
His unmatched vertical game is extremely impressive, especially when you consider how he can mimic a human pogo stick with each subsequent and effective leap—an attribute that must drive defenders crazy.
He is also a solid passer, as well as an outstanding rebounder (averaging 12.4 per game) that’s good for fourth best in the league.
Griffin still has much room for improvement in his already incredible and exciting game, but given time and considering his strong work ethic and desire to succeed, his decision making skills and consistency will undoubtedly also improve. This includes his perimeter and defensive games, but nowhere can he have more of an immediate impact than by improving his dismal accuracy from the charity stripe.
So with the above points in mind, it’s Griffin’s strength, quickness, physical attributes and high basketball IQ that make him extremely talented, as well as versatile at both ends of the court.
In fact, you can say that Griffin’s pure and almost unparalleled athleticism for a man his size is the best part of his game, because it drives every facet of his overall and incredibly explosive game.