The Los Angeles Clippers are playing some of the best basketball of any team in the NBA right now, and despite his numbers being down this season, Blake Griffin has been an essential part of this early success.
Griffin was the number one overall pick in 2009 and was just as advertised, averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 assists per game as a rookie. He followed that up with averages of 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds in his sophomore season.
This season, his numbers are down, as he’s putting up 18.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest. However, that’s a product of the Clippers improving dramatically across the board. They’re getting help from across the board now, instead of simply having to rely on Griffin or Chris Paul like they did last season.
With DeAndre Jordan improving his offensive game and additions like Jamal Crawford scoring at a great clip, the impetus to carry the load has gone for Griffin. Now he can just focus on making the right decisions and improving other facets of his game, like defense for example. Not known for his defensive prowess, Griffin has clearly been working on that side of his game, and it’s paying off rot the Clippers.
Just how good has L.A. been? Well, they’re #8 in points per game at 101.3, and are in the top five defensively, having allowed just 92.4 points per contest so far this season. The Clippers are winning NBA games left and right, thanks to solid production from numerous sources. Vinny Del Negro now has one of the deepest rotations of any team in the league, and that’s going to start paying off as we delve deeper into the season.
So, now is the time you want to jump on the Clippers’ bandwagon. These guys are for real and will most certainly lock up a high seed heading into the playoffs.