Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners, when he was named the Consensus National Player of the Year as a sophomore. Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA selection.

Griffin won four high school state titles at Oklahoma Christian School under his father, head coach Tommy Griffin. Griffin played two seasons of college ball for the Sooners before entering the 2009 NBA draft, when he was selected by the Clippers. During the final pre-season game of 2009, he broke his left kneecap, had surgery, and missed the entire 2009–10 season. Griffin made his NBA debut as a rookie the following season, in which he was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 2011, Sports Illustrated called him one of the NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time.[1]

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Griffin with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2013
No. 23 – Detroit Pistons
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornMarch 16, 1989 (age 30)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolOklahoma Christian
(Edmond, Oklahoma)
CollegeOklahoma (2007–2009)
NBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2009–present
Career history
20092018Los Angeles Clippers
2018–presentDetroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early years

Childhood

Griffin was born on March 16, 1989, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Tommy Griffin, who is of Afro-Haitian descent, and Gail Griffin, who is white.[2][3][4] His father was a basketball center and track standout at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.[5] Griffin and his older brother, Taylor Griffin, were home-schooled by their mother from first grade until Taylor was in the tenth grade and Blake was in eighth.[6][7][8][9][10] Growing up, Griffin was good friends with future NFL quarterback Sam Bradford.[9][11] Bradford's father owned a gym where Blake and Taylor played basketball.[12] Before deciding to focus on basketball, Griffin also played baseball as a first baseman and football as a wide receiver, safety, and tight end.[13]

High school

In 2003, Griffin followed his brother to Oklahoma Christian School, where they played under their father, head coach Tommy Griffin. They played together during the 2003–04 and 2004–05 high school seasons, winning two state basketball championships.[6] In his freshman year, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a perfect 29–0 season and won the Class 3A boys state championship game at the State Fair Arena against Riverside Indian School, 55–50.[14] In Griffin's sophomore year, the Saints repeated as Class 3A state champions, defeating Sequoyah-Tahlequah 51–34, where he scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.[15] The team finished the season with a 24–2 record,[16] with Griffin averaging 13.6 points per game. He was later named to the Little All-City All-State team in what was his final high school season with his brother.[17] Taylor went on to accept a scholarship to play college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners. During the summer of 2005, Blake was a member of the Athletes First AAU team, where he played against Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson's AAU team, the DC Blue Devils.[18][19]

During Griffin's junior season, the Oklahoma Christian basketball team was moved down to Class 2A from Class 3A.[20] As he began his third season with the Saints, he was quickly developing as a player,[21] as he led them to a third straight state championship. He scored 22 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and recorded 6 blocks in the finals as Oklahoma Christian defeated Washington High School, 57–40.[22] He was named the state tournament MVP,[23] and the Saints finished the season 27–1, with Griffin averaging 21.7 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. For his efforts, he was named The Oklahoman Player of the Year and to the Tulsa World Boys All-State First Team.[24] His play attracted the attention of the new basketball head coach for Oklahoma, Jeff Capel, who first heard of him through his brother, Taylor.[5] That spring, Capel saw him play for the first time and was quickly impressed.[5] Capel liked the fact that Griffin had not yet become a household name among recruiters and felt he was exactly the player he needed to rebuild the Oklahoma men's basketball program with.[5] Griffin had been considering Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas,[5] but his brother eventually sold him on joining Oklahoma when he raved about the direction of the Sooners and the chance to play together again for his home state.[25]

Griffin committed to Oklahoma before the start of his senior season.[25] He went on to average 26.8 points, 15.1 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.9 blocks per game as a senior while leading the team to a 26–3 record.[4] In a game against Oklahoma City Southeast, he finished with 41 points, 28 rebounds, and 10 assists.[26] The Saints advanced through the playoffs, defeating Crescent in the quarterfinals and Foyil in the semifinals to earn a berth in the Class 2A state championship once again.[27] On March 10, 2007, he played his final high school game in the state title game against Pawnee High School.[17] Griffin registered 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, as the Saints defeated Pawnee 81–50, winning their fourth straight state title.[6] He was named the Class 2A state tournament MVP for the second consecutive year after averaging 26.6 points per game in the tournament.[4] During his four-year run, the Oklahoma Christian Saints posted a 106–6 overall record.[28]

Following Griffin's senior year, he was named the Player of the Year by both the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman. He was also named to the Oklahoma Boys All-State First Team, EA Sports All-American Second Team and Parade All-American Third Team.[26][29] Additionally, he was the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year and was selected to the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand All-America teams.[30][31] At the McDonald's All-American game in Louisville, Kentucky, he won the Powerade Jam Fest slam dunk contest.[32] He was ranked as the nation's 13th best high school senior by HoopScoop, 20th by scout.com and 23rd by rivals.com.[33] HoopScoop also rated him as the country's third-best power forward while Rivals.com ranked him sixth and was seventh according to Scout.com.[4]

College career

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Griffin while playing at Oklahoma

Griffin was one of the highest rated and most decorated recruits ever at Oklahoma.[4] As a freshman at Oklahoma, he averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds and led the Sooners to a 23–12 record.[34] He ranked ninth in scoring, fourth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage in the Big 12 Conference.[4] In a game against the Kansas Jayhawks, he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee five minutes into the game.[35] Less than two months after injuring his left knee, he injured his right knee in a home victory against Texas A&M.[36] The injury this time was torn cartilage, and he had arthroscopic surgery on March 2, 2008.[36] He missed the following game, a victory over in-state rival Oklahoma State Cowboys,[37] but was back on the court a week after the injury with 14 points and 8 rebounds in a win versus Missouri.[34] Griffin was a first-team all-district pick by the USBWA and NABC, and was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and to the first-team All-Big 12 selection by league coaches and Associated Press.[4] He became the first Sooner to make the conference All-Rookie team since Wayman Tisdale in 1983 for the Big Eight Conference.[38] He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft but decided to return to college to give himself time to mature physically and to try to help Oklahoma win the NCAA championship.[7]

In Griffin's sophomore season, the Sooners started out the season winning their first 12 games before falling to the Arkansas Razorbacks.[39] In the third game of the season, in a win against the Davidson Wildcats, he scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.[40] The very next game, he had 35 points and 21 rebounds against Gardner–Webb,[41] becoming the first player in Big 12 history to record back-to-back games of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.[4] This earned him three consecutive Big 12 player of the week honors and finished the season with a record-tying six player of the week honors.[4] In a home victory against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, he set career bests for both points and rebounds with 40 points and 23 rebounds,[34] becoming the only player in Big 12 history and the third player in the history of the University of Oklahoma men's basketball program to record at least 40 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Wayman Tisdale (61 points and 22 rebounds in 1983) and Alvan Adams (43 points and 25 rebounds in 1975).[42][43]

On February 21, Griffin received a concussion in a loss to the Texas Longhorns, when he caught an inadvertent shot to the face from the open hand of Texas center Dexter Pittman.[44] He sat out the second half during the Sooners loss with a bloody nose.[44] It was the Sooners' first loss of their conference schedule for the season.[45] After sitting out the next game, a loss to Kansas Jayhawks, he was cleared by the medical staff and returned a week later to get 20 points and 19 rebounds in a victory over Texas Tech.[46] Oklahoma finished second in the conference with a 13–3 record but fell short in the first game of the Big 12 Tournament to Oklahoma State.[47] In the NCAA tournament, Oklahoma was seeded No. 2 in the South Region with a 27–5 record.[48] In a second-round win over the Michigan Wolverines, Griffin scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds[49] and became just the second player in the 2000s (decade) with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in an NCAA tournament game.[50] The Sooners ended up losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the South Regional final.[51]

Griffin averaged 22.7 points, 14.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during the regular season and earned All-American First Team honors.[52] He led the NCAA in rebounding and was also the Big 12 scoring and rebounding leader. Griffin recorded at least 20 points and 15 rebounds 15 times, which is a Big 12 record.[4] He also set school and Big 12 single-season records for most rebounds (504), rebounding average (14.4), and double-doubles (30), and his free throw attempts (324) were the most by a Sooner in a single-season.[53][54] With 30 double-doubles during the season, he was one short of the NCAA record of 31 set by David Robinson in 1986–1987.[55] His total of 504 rebounds were the most in a season by an NCAA Division I player since Indiana State's Larry Bird had 505 in 1978–79 and his rebounding average of 14.4 was the highest since Wake Forest's Tim Duncan averaged 14.7 in 1996–97.[4][56]

For his sophomore year performance, Griffin swept all six of the national player of the year awards. He was a unanimous choice by voters in all nine geographical districts for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and was named Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, receiving 66 of the 71 national media panel members' votes.[57][58] Griffin was announced as the Naismith College Player of the Year on April 5 in Detroit.[59] Three days after announcing that he would turn pro, he won the John Wooden Award as college basketball's top player.[60] He became the first Oklahoma player in school history to win the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, John Wooden Award and the Associated Press player of the year.[58][60] He was also named Player of the Year by the Big 12, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News and FoxSports.com.[12]

NBA career

Los Angeles Clippers (2009–2018)

Draft year injury (2009–10)

On April 7, 2009, Griffin announced that he would give up his final two years of eligibility and declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year.[61][62] A press conference announcing his decision was aired nationally on ESPNews. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft.[63] Griffin played for the Clippers' Summer League Team and was named Summer League MVP. In their final preseason game, he injured his kneecap as he landed after a dunk.[64] The day before the 2009–10 season started, it was confirmed that Griffin had a stress fracture in his left knee, delaying his NBA debut for seven weeks.[64] After resting the stress fracture for several weeks, tests revealed that his knee was not recovering properly.[65] In January 2010, Griffin had surgery on his broken left kneecap causing him to miss the remainder of the 2009–10 season.[65]

Rookie of the Year (2010–11)

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Griffin in a game against the Washington Wizards on March 12, 2011

Since he missed the entire 2009–10 season, Griffin was still considered a rookie during the 2010–11 season.[66] In his NBA debut, against the Portland Trail Blazers, Griffin registered 20 points and 14 rebounds.[67] He set a franchise record for most consecutive double-doubles with 23 in a home game against the Golden State Warriors.[68] His streak of consecutive double-doubles, which ended at 27 games on January 19 in a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves, was the longest rookie double-double streak since 1968.[1][69] On November 11, 2010, Griffin scored a then career-high 44 points against the New York Knicks and on January 17, 2011 against the Indiana Pacers, he scored a then career-high 47 points and set a Clippers franchise record for most points by a rookie.[70] He became the first rookie to have two 40+ point games in his rookie season since Allen Iverson during the 1996–97 season.

Griffin was voted to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game by coaches as a reserve on the Western Conference squad, becoming the first rookie to play in the All-Star game since Yao Ming in 2003 and the first rookie voted to the game by coaches since Tim Duncan in 1998.[71][72] He also participated in the 2011 Rookie Challenge and won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star break.[73][74] On March 23, 2011, in a double overtime win over the Washington Wizards, Griffin recorded his first career triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists.[75] He recorded his second triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the final game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies.[76]

During the season, Griffin captured all six of the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors, the first time a rookie has swept an entire season of Rookie of the Month awards since Chris Paul during the 2005–06 season.[77] He played in all 82 regular season games and became the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since Elton Brand did it in the 1999–2000 season.[78] He led all rookies in points, rebounds, and double-doubles, earning him the Rookie of the Year award, and was the first unanimous winner for the award since David Robinson in 1990.[79][80] He was also the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.[81] Following his phenomenal rookie season, Sports Illustrated listed Griffin as one of the "NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time".

First playoff and division title (2011–13)

Griffin was voted to play as a starter for the first time in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game along with new teammate Chris Paul. He was also selected to participate in the inaugural Rising Stars Challenge in which teams were a mix of the top rookies and sophomores. Griffin was selected first by Team Shaq.[82]

Griffin averaged another double-double on the lockout-shortened season with 20.7 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. He and teammate Chris Paul helped lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 40–26 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. In the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Griffin helped the Clippers eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games. However, the Los Angeles Clippers were quickly swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the next round. Afterwards, Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the first time in his career.

Before the 2012–13 NBA season, on July 10, 2012, Griffin signed a contract extension reportedly worth $95 million for 5 years. The deal will keep him under contract until the end of the 2017–18 season.[83] He was also selected to compete for Team USA in the 2012 London Summer Olympics, but was removed after he injured his knee during a practice. Griffin was again voted by the fans as a starter for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. On March 6, 2013, Griffin recorded his third career triple-double by scoring 23 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.[84]

Griffin finished the season averaging 18.0 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game in 32.5 minutes per game. He and Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 56–26 record as the Clippers won their first Pacific Division title in franchise history. The Clippers went on to lose to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the first round. Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team once again.

New coach and owner (2013–15)

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Griffin (left) and Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies in a 2013 game

After a disappointing first round exit in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Clippers sought new leadership and hired head coach Doc Rivers. In his first season with Rivers at the helm, Griffin averaged a career-high 24.1 points per game. He was voted as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, making it his fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and third consecutive start. From January 20 to March 26, Griffin recorded 20+ points in a franchise-record 31 straight games. On April 2, 2014, Griffin and Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 112–108 win over the Phoenix Suns to clinch their second franchise division title. The next day, Griffin recorded his fourth career triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 107–113 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[85]

The Los Angeles Clippers finished with a franchise-best record of 57–25 and earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would be matched up with the Golden State Warriors in the first round. On April 21, 2014, Griffin scored a playoff career-high 35 points in a win over Golden State. The Clippers would eventually beat the Warriors in 7 games in the midst of the Donald Sterling controversy. They would then lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semi-finals. Griffin was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third straight year, whilst also finishing the season third in the MVP voting.[86]

After the controversial remarks from former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life and forced him to sell the Clippers. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer later bought the Clippers for $2 billion, the largest amount paid for a franchise in NBA history.[87]

On December 8, 2014, Griffin scored a season-high 45 points on 14-of-24 shooting, including a game-winning three-pointer as time expired, as the Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns in overtime, 121–120. This was Griffin's first career game-winning buzzer beater. It gave the Clippers their eighth straight win.[88] On February 8, 2015, he was ruled out for four to six weeks due to a staph infection in his right elbow.[89] He returned to action on March 15 after missing 15 games to record 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 100–98 loss to the Houston Rockets.[90] Griffin finished the regular season averaging 21.9 points, a career-low 7.6 rebounds, and a career-high 5.3 assists in 67 games.

On April 22, Griffin recorded his first career playoff triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a first round game 2 series loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[91] Four days later in Game 4, Griffin recorded a playoff career-high 19 rebounds and with 20 points helped the Clippers even the series at 2–2.[92] In the series' Game 7 victory on May 2 that moved the Clippers into the second round, Griffin recorded his second career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.[93] Two days later in Game 1 of the Clippers' semi-final match-up against the Houston Rockets, Griffin recorded 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lift the Clippers to a 117–101 victory.[94] The Clippers ended up losing the series to the Rockets in seven games.

Injury-plagued seasons (2015–18)

On November 25, 2015, Griffin recorded season highs with 40 points and 12 rebounds in a loss to the Utah Jazz, with the Clippers dropping to 7–8 after starting the season 4–0.[95] On December 26, he was ruled out indefinitely with a partially torn left quadriceps.[96] While expected to return to action on January 26, Griffin was instead ruled out for an estimated four to six weeks due to a right hand injury he sustained on January 23 from hitting a member of the team's equipment staff, who was also his friend, during an argument at a restaurant in Toronto.[97][98] The Clippers were sternly critical of Griffin, and indicated that further punitive action would follow.[98] According to the Toronto Police Service, a police report was not filed.[99]

Griffin missed 45 games in total due to injury and suspension, returning to action for the Clippers on April 3 against the Washington Wizards. He played 24 minutes as a starter and recorded six points and five rebounds to help the Clippers clinch home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 114–109 win.[100] He appeared in five of the Clippers' final seven games of the regular season, and managed to appear in the first four first-round playoff games against the Portland Trail Blazers before aggravating the left quad injury in Game 4, which ruled him out for the rest of the postseason.[101][102]

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Griffin with the Clippers in 2016

On November 5, 2016, Griffin scored a season-high 28 points in a 116–92 win over the San Antonio Spurs, helping the Clippers start the season 5–1.[103] He helped them improve to a league-best 7–1 with 22 points and 13 rebounds against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 9. With his fifth rebound of the night, Griffin reached 4,000 in 417 career games, the second-fastest player since 1983–84 to reach 8,500 points, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists; Chris Webber did so in 408 games.[104] On November 11, he helped the Clippers improve to a franchise-best 8–1 with 25 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[105] The following day, in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Griffin joined an exclusive club with 9,000 career points, 4,000 rebounds and 1,500 assists. He became the fastest player to reach that plateau since Larry Bird.[106] On December 19, 2016, he was ruled out until some point in January after requiring minor surgery on his right knee.[107] He returned to action on January 24, 2017, scoring 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting in a 121–110 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[108] On February 6, in just his sixth game since minor knee surgery that had him sidelined for 20 games, Griffin recorded his fifth career triple-double, and first of the season, in three quarters, finishing with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high-tying 11 assists in a 118–109 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[109] Two days later, he scored a season-high 32 points in a 119–115 win over the New York Knicks.[110] On February 26, 2017, he set a new season high with 43 points in a 124–121 overtime win over the Charlotte Hornets.[111] On April 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Griffin reached 10,000 career points. He became the second player in franchise history to reach that mark, joining Randy Smith, who scored 10,467 of his club-record 12,735 points when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves.[112]

On April 22, 2017, Griffin was ruled out for the remainder of the 2017 NBA Playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe suffered during the Clippers' 111–106 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round Playoff series the night before.[113]

On July 19, 2017, Griffin re-signed with the Clippers to a five-year, $173 million contract.[114][115] On November 22, 2017, he had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116–103 win over the Atlanta Hawks, helping the Clippers snap a nine-game losing streak.[116] Three days later, he made a 10-foot jumper with 3.2 seconds remaining and had a season-high 33 points to lead the Clippers to a 97–95 win over the Sacramento Kings.[117] On November 28, 2017, he was ruled out for approximately two months after sustaining an MCL sprain against the Los Angeles Lakers the previous night.[118] He returned to action earlier than expected on December 29 against the Lakers, scoring a game-high 24 points in a 121–106 win.[119] On January 22, 2018, he had a triple-double with 32 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists in a 126–118 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[120] Griffin notched his seventh career regular-season triple-double, and second of the season. It was his third 30-point game of the season, and he was one point shy of his season high.[120]

Detroit Pistons (2018–present)

On January 29, 2018, Griffin, along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanović, a future protected first-round draft pick and a future second-round draft pick.[121][122] He made his debut for the Pistons three days later, recording 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 104–102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Griffin became the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.[123] On March 20, 2018, he had a near triple-double with 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 115–88 win over the Phoenix Suns.[124] Two days later, he recorded 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 100–96 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets.[125] On March 26, he suffered a bone bruise in his right ankle against the Los Angeles Lakers.[126] He subsequently missed the final eight games of the season.[127]

On October 23, 2018, Griffin scored a career-high 50 points, including the game-winning free throw, in a 133–132 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He became the first Pistons player to score 50 points in a game since Richard Hamilton scored 51 points in 2006, and the first NBA player to score 50 points during the 2018–19 NBA season.[128][129] Griffin's point total was the seventh-highest in Pistons history and he became the fifth different player to score 50 for Detroit.[130] On December 15, he scored 27 points in a 113–104 win over the Boston Celtics. He had at least 20 points for the ninth straight game, becoming the first Detroit player to do so since Richard Hamilton in 2008–09. Griffin also surpassed the 12,000-point mark for his career.[131] Two days later, he had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but also had 10 turnovers, in a 107–104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[132] On January 12, he scored 44 points in a 109–104 win over his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers.[133] On January 23, he scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter of Detroit's 98–94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[134] On January 31, he scored 24 points in a 93–89 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He finished the month of January scoring 445 points, the most in a single month in Pistons franchise history, surpassing the previous record held by Isiah Thomas who had 442 points in March 1983.[135] On February 25, he had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 113–109 win over the Indiana Pacers.[136] On April 5, after missing the previous three games with left knee soreness, Griffin made 11 of 15 shots and had 44 points the first three quarters, including nine of 14 3-pointers, before missing all five of his field goal attempts in the fourth and scored just one point as the Pistons lost 123–110 to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[137] After sitting out four of the final six regular-season games with a right knee injury, he missed the first two games of the playoffs.[138]

Player profile

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Griffin hanging on the rim

Standing at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) and weighing 251 lb (114 kg), Griffin plays mostly as a power forward. In his rookie year, he averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, becoming just the 20th rookie in NBA history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds a game in the shot clock era.[139] He is an exceptional athlete which results in numerous highlight dunks.[140][141]

Rob Mahoney, in a January 2011 post in The New York Times basketball blog, singled out Griffin's playmaking abilities stating, "The overtly dominant aspects of Griffin's play have made him one of the season's greatest delights, but his game clearly stretches beyond the scoring and rebounding columns...his passing aptitude should serve as a reminder of the substance in his game. The dunks are great, but it's his multiple-layered impact that has paved his early road to stardom."[141]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 82 82 38.0 .506 .292 .642 12.1 3.8 .8 .5 22.5
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 66 66 36.3 .549 .125 .521 10.9 3.2 .8 .7 20.7
2012–13 L.A. Clippers 80 80 32.5 .538 .179 .660 8.3 3.7 1.2 .6 18.0
2013–14 L.A. Clippers 80 80 36.1 .528 .273 .715 9.5 3.9 1.2 .6 24.1
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 67 67 35.2 .502 .400 .728 7.6 5.3 .9 .5 21.9
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 35 35 33.4 .499 .333 .727 8.4 4.9 .8 .5 21.4
2016–17 L.A. Clippers 61 61 34.0 .493 .336 .760 8.1 4.9 1.0 .4 21.6
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 33 33 34.5 .441 .342 .785 7.9 5.4 .9 .3 22.6
2017–18 Detroit 25 25 33.2 .433 .348 .784 6.6 6.2 .4 .4 19.8
2018–19 Detroit 75 75 35.0 .463 .362 .753 7.5 5.4 .7 .4 24.5
Career 604 604 35.0 .502 .342 .692 9.0 4.5 .9 .5 21.9
All-Star 5 3 25.0 .750 .375 .500 5.6 3.0 .8 .2 19.4

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 11 35.7 .500 .000 .636 6.9 2.5 1.8 .9 19.1
2013 L.A. Clippers 6 5 26.3 .453 .000 .808 5.5 2.5 .0 .8 13.2
2014 L.A. Clippers 13 13 36.8 .498 .143 .740 7.4 3.8 1.2 1.1 23.5
2015 L.A. Clippers 14 14 39.8 .511 .143 .717 12.7 6.1 1.0 1.0 25.5
2016 L.A. Clippers 4 4 31.8 .377 .500 .760 8.8 4.0 .8 .5 15.0
2017 L.A. Clippers 3 3 33.1 .490 .667 1.000 6.0 2.3 .7 .3 20.3
Career 51 50 35.5 .492 .304 .724 8.5 3.9 1.1 .9 21.0

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Oklahoma 33 33 28.4 .568 .0 .589 9.1 1.8 1.0 .9 14.7
2008–09 Oklahoma 35 35 33.3 .646 .375 .590 14.4 2.3 1.1 1.2 22.7
Career 68 68 31.4 .618 .300 .589 11.8 2.1 1.0 1.1 18.8

Awards and honors

NBA

College

High school

  • Class 2A State Championship: 2006, 2007[4]
  • Class 2A Tournament MVP: 2006, 2007[4]
  • Class 3A State Championship: 2004, 2005
  • 2007 McDonald's All-American
  • 2007 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Champion
  • 2007 EA Sports All-American Second Team[155]
  • 2007 Parade All-American Third Team[29]
  • 2007 Tulsa World Player of the Year
  • The Oklahoman Player of the Year: 2006, 2007
  • 2007 Oklahoma Boys All-State First Team
  • 2006 Tulsa World Boys All-State First Team
  • 2005 Little All-City All-State Team

Personal life

Griffin has a son and a daughter with his former girlfriend Brynn Cameron,[156] who is the sister of former NFL tight end Jordan Cameron.[157] Griffin has previously dated TV personality and model Kendall Jenner.[158]

Acting

Griffin made his acting debut in 2018 in the Whitney Cummings comedy The Female Brain; of his performance, critic Christy Lemire wrote, "Griffin especially impresses with his deadpan delivery and timing. He may have a whole 'nother career waiting for him if this whole NBA thing doesn’t work out."[159]

Endorsements

In 2011, Panini America signed Griffin to an exclusive long-term deal that will feature his autographs and memorabilia in their products.[160] Griffin was on the cover of NCAA Basketball 10 and was also on the cover of NBA 2K13 alongside fellow NBA stars Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. He has appeared regularly in commercials for Kia Motors,[161] Subway,[162] Vizio,[163] and GameFly.

Legal issues

Griffin was charged with misdemeanor battery as a result of an October 2014 Las Vegas encounter. He allegedly seized a cell phone from its owner (Daniel Schuman), grabbed the owner's neck twice and slapped him, after the owner took a picture of a group of Clippers players.[164] The charges were dismissed in March 2015 for lack of evidence.[165]

Philanthropy

Griffin started a fundraiser called "Dunking for Dollars", in which he donates $100 to fight childhood obesity for every dunk he makes during the season.[166] The Kia sedan that Griffin jumped over to win the Slam Dunk Contest was donated for a charity auction on AutoTrader.com with proceeds benefiting Stand Up to Cancer.[167] Stand Up to Cancer also has a fund-raising site called "Team Blake" in honor of Griffin's close friend Wilson Holloway, who died after a three-year fight with Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Religion

Griffin is a Christian.[168] He spoke of his faith in relation to his rookie season injuries saying, "I was just excited about the opportunity to play in the NBA. I was ready to go but everything came crashing down, so to speak, but these things happen. It was frustrating, but at the same time, I know everything happens for a reason. I don't know what that reason is, only God knows. I just have to wait and let His plan unveil."[169]

See also

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This was Blake Griffin's first year in the league. He was named an All-Star, becoming the first rookie since Yao Ming in 2003. Despite the team’s mediocre record, Griffin was named Rookie of the Year at season's end.

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In the playoffs, the Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in the First Round in seven games, but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Semifinals in four games.

2012–13 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2012–13 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 43rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 35th season in Southern California, and their 29th season in Los Angeles. During the offseason, the Clippers signed seven-time all-star Grant Hill and re-acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks. They improved on their 40–26 record from the previous season to finish 56–26, and they won their first Pacific Division title in franchise history. The title was clinched after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers on April 7, which also completed a season sweep of their crosstown rivals, 4–0. The franchise had not swept the Lakers since 1974–75, when the Clippers were the Buffalo Braves. It was also the first time in 20 years since 1992–93 that the Clippers won the season series against the Lakers. Although this was enough to net them home-court advantage in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history, they lost their first-round series to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. Following the season, Hill and Odom both retired and Chauncey Billups re-signed as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons, where he would spend his last season in.

2013–14 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2013–14 Los Angeles Clippers season is the 44th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 36th season in Southern California, and their 30th season in Los Angeles.

In the playoffs, the Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games in the First Round, but lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games in the Semifinals.

2014–15 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2014–15 Los Angeles Clippers season is the 45th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 37th season in Southern California, and their 31st season in Los Angeles. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer became the new owner of Clippers. The team finished 56-26 on the season, only one game fewer than the previous season, clinching the third spot for the NBA Playoffs.

In the playoffs, the Clippers faced the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the First Round, winning in seven games after Chris Paul hit a game winning layup with 1 second on the clock and Matt Barnes blocked a desperate final inbound pass by the Spurs as time expired to seal the victory and the series, winning Game 7 111–109. However, in the Semifinals, the Clippers' season ended with a Game 7 loss to the Houston Rockets after leading the series 3–1, missing out on what would've been the Clippers' first Western Conference Finals appearance in franchise history. The Rockets would go on to lose the Western Conference Finals to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in 5 games.

2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2015–16 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 46th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 38th season in Southern California, and their 32nd season in Los Angeles.

On July 8, despite offers from the Dallas Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan returned to the Clippers with a 4-year, $87.7 million deal.

During the offseason the Clippers signed veteran and Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce and he played the rest of his career as a Clipper. The signing reunited Pierce with his former coach Doc Rivers, who coached the Celtics from 2004-2013 and won them a championship in 2008.

The Clippers played most of the season without Blake Griffin, who broke his hand in a fight and was subsequently suspended for 4 games. He returned on April 3 after sitting out 45 games.

The Clippers entered the playoffs against the 5th-seeded 44–38 Portland Trail Blazers who were 9 games behind them. However, injuries robbed the team and that was their undoing as they were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Trail Blazers for the first time since 2013, when the team was eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies.

2016–17 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2016–17 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 47th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 39th season in Southern California, and their 33rd season in Los Angeles.

After 19 years, this was Paul Pierce's final season in the NBA, announcing his retirement after the season on September 26, 2016. He would retire as a Celtic on July 17, 2017, after signing a ceremonial contract with the Boston Celtics. On February 11, 2018, the Celtics retired Pierce's jersey. Pierce had played for the Celtics from 1998 to 2013.The Clippers finished the regular season with a 51–31 record, securing the 4th seed. In the playoffs, they faced off against the Utah Jazz in the First Round, where they lost in seven games.

Following the season, Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a first round pick next year, and cash.

The Clippers would not make the playoffs again until 2019.

2017–18 Detroit Pistons season

The 2017–18 Detroit Pistons season was the 77th season of the franchise, the 70th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the first in Midtown Detroit. The Pistons moved from The Palace of Auburn Hills to the new Little Caesars Arena before the start of the season. This was the first season where the Pistons have played in Detroit on a regular basis since 1978. This would also be the last season with Stan Van Gundy being both the team's head coach and President of Basketball Operations.

2017–18 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2017–18 Los Angeles Clippers season was the 48th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA), their 40th season in Southern California, and their 34th season in Los Angeles. Two-time Executive Of The Year winner Jerry West would join the Clippers as a special consultant.For the first time since 2011, Chris Paul was not on the roster as he was traded to the Houston Rockets in the off-season in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a first round pick next year, and cash. Head coach Doc Rivers would also relinquish his role as a President of Basketball Operations for the team on August 4, with the role being replaced by Lawrence Frank.

On January 28, 2018, the Clippers traded their franchise cornerstone and 2009 1st overall pick Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons alongside Brice Johnson and Willie Reed for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanović, and two draft picks, effectively ending the Lob City era. On April 1, 2018, the Clippers streak of 50 or more wins since the 2012-13 season came to an end with a loss to the Indiana Pacers.

With a loss to the Denver Nuggets on April 7, 2018, the Clippers were eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since the 2010–11 season.

Following this season, Austin Rivers was traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat.

This was also DeAndre Jordan's last season as a Clipper. After 10 years of being on the team, on July 6, 2018, DeAndre signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

2018–19 Detroit Pistons season

The 2018–19 Detroit Pistons season was the 78th season of the franchise, the 71st in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the second in Midtown Detroit. This was the first season under new head coach Dwane Casey.

The Pistons qualified for the NBA playoffs during the final game of the regular season with a 115–89 victory over the New York Knicks on April 10. This marked the first time the team qualified for the playoffs since the 2015–16 season and for only the second time in the last 10 seasons. In the the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in four games.

List of Oklahoma Sooners in the NBA and WNBA drafts

The University of Oklahoma men's basketball team has had 46 players drafted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) while the women's basketball team has had 14 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). This includes ten players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft and six players in the first round of the WNBA Draft. In 2009, Blake Griffin became the only Oklahoma basketball player to have been selected as the overall number one pick when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers. In the 2010s, nine Oklahoma players have been selected in their respective drafts. Five have been women: three in 2010, one in 2011, and one in 2013. The four men's players drafted in the decade have been Romero Osby in 2013, Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins in 2016, and Trae Young in 2018.

Each NBA and WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The NBA uses a draft lottery to determine the first three picks of the NBA draft; the 14 teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first three picks are decided, the rest of the teams pick in reverse order of their win–loss record. To be eligible for the NBA Draft, a player in the United States must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class. From 1967 until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, the American Basketball Association (ABA) held its own draft. The WNBA Draft is similar to the NBA with a couple of exceptions. Only four WNBA teams are eligible for the draft lottery, compared to the 14 eligible teams in the NBA. Also, all non-playoff teams that participate in the draft lottery select their picks in the order of the lottery outcome; the remainder of the league selects in reverse order of their win–loss record. The WNBA requires that players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed their intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.Three former Sooner men have been selected to participate in an NBA All-Star Game, Alvan Adams, Mookie Blaylock and Blake Griffin, while two women, Stacey Dales and Danielle Robinson, have been selected to participate in a WNBA All-Star Game. Three former Sooner men have won championships with their respective teams.

List of U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards

This article lists U.S. men's college basketball national player of the year awards. Several different organizations sponsor an award for the nation's top player.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers, abbreviated by the team as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of Pacific Division of the league's Western Conference. The Clippers play their home games at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, an arena shared with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year. The Braves moved from Buffalo, New York to San Diego, California in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, The Clippers moved to Los Angeles. Through much of its history, the franchise failed to see significant regular season or playoff success. The Clippers were frequently seen as an example of a perennial loser in American professional sports, drawing unfavorable comparisons to the historically successful Lakers, with whom they have shared a market since 1984 and an arena since 1999.

The Clippers' fortunes turned in the early 2010s with the acquisition of core players Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul. In 2013, the franchise won its first division title, as the team made the playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history and the third time in the previous eight seasons. They also added to their budding rivalry with the Lakers, as they finished with a better record than the Lakers for the fifth time and won the season series for the second time since moving to Los Angeles in 1984, this time in a sweep. They repeated as division champions in 2014.

NBA Rookie of the Year Award

The National Basketball Association's Rookie of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given to the top rookie(s) of the regular season. Initiated following the 1952–53 NBA season, it confers the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy, named after the former Philadelphia Warriors head coach.

The winner is selected by a panel of United States and Canadian sportswriters and broadcasters, each casting first, second, and third place votes (worth five points, three points, and one point respectively). The player(s) with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.The most recent Rookie of the Year winner is Ben Simmons. Twenty-one winners were drafted first overall. There has only been one winner taken in the second round of the draft, Malcolm Brogdon, who was taken 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 draft. Sixteen winners have also won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their careers; Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld earning both honors the same season. Nineteen of the forty two non-active winners have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Three seasons had joint winners—Dave Cowens and Geoff Petrie in the 1970–71 season, Grant Hill and Jason Kidd in the 1994–95 season, and Elton Brand and Steve Francis in the 1999–2000 season. Five players won the award unanimously (by capturing all of the first-place votes) – Ralph Sampson, David Robinson, Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, and Karl-Anthony Towns.Patrick Ewing of Jamaica, Pau Gasol of Spain, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons of Australia and Andrew Wiggins of Canada are the only winners not born in the United States. Three of these individuals have dual nationality by birth—Wiggins and Simmons have American fathers, and both of Irving's parents are Americans. Ewing immigrated to the Boston area at age 11, Irving moved to the United States at age 2, and Wiggins and Simmons moved to the U.S. while in high school. Gasol is the only winner trained totally outside the U.S.

Taylor Griffin

Taylor Griffin (born April 18, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who last played for Pallacanestro Trapani of the Italian Serie A2. He played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma and is the older brother of Blake Griffin.

Tommy Griffin

Not to be confused with Tommy Griffin (basketball), Oklahoma Christian School basketball coach and father of players Blake Griffin and Taylor Griffin.Tommy Griffin is a former Irish Gaelic football player for Kerry and current player with An Daingean.

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