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Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 3:04 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Another month, another batch of jaw-dropping highlights courtesy of Blake Griffin. So let's look back at his five best from December.

5. From 45 feet away...

I don't know what the Clippers plan on doing with Baron Davis, but there is one advantage to keeping him -- he throws a lovely alley-oop. Consider this 45-foot beauty that I'm not even sure Peyton Manning could put on the money like that.

A play like this kind of makes you wonder what Griffin would look like in pads though. It would be like a cross of Antonio Gates and DeMarcus Ware I think. Or it would just look like Blake Griffin in football pads. I think that's a little easier to picture.

4. A layup better than a dunk


The only thing that's Blake Griffin can do that we haven't already seen is to start upping the degree of difficulty. And that's what he did with a simple layup. Forget just jumping over people and dunking. Let's turn a simple layup into a spectacular, highlight worthy play.

That's the thing about Griffin. Even the routine play is so far from routine. Everything is flashy. Everything is exciting. I don't know if it's the way he plays or if it's just watching a man his size do what he does, but no matter what Griffin does, it looks special.

3. One hand, with emphasis

Heavens. Look at how he reaches back. The first thing I wonder is how in the heck he even caught the thing. That's some serious hand-eye coordination. Then there's the jumping. And then the power to finish it off. Heavens.

2. A little closer than 45 feet, but a little better

What makes one halfcourt alley-oop better than another? In this case it's the punctuation on the end of it. Any time you get a long pass finished off by Blake Griffin soaring through the air it's going to be good, but add in a little hanging and swinging on the rim like a little kid on a jungle gym? Well, you've got something special now.

What I love most is the vision from Davis though. Nothing is really there at first glance, but Griffin is weaving through defenders, makes eye contact with Baron and boom, the ball is in the air and Griffin is tracking it down for a stuff. It's a beautiful thing, really.

(Also, I really enjoy Ralph Lawler's almost-signature call of Griffin dunks now. Slaaaam dunk! Oh ME oh MY!

1. Face dunk



At some point, and I think everyone will agree with me here, Blake Griffin will kill himself dunking. It almost happened here against the Rockets where he nearly plowed his face straight into the rim. (If that would've happened and this were the NFL, I think the rim would've been fined $25,000. Amirite?)

But just look at Griffin's elevation. He jumped too early so when the ball got to his hand, he was too high. He didn't so much finish the dunk as he just tried to dunk and get out of the way. For a second there I thought Griffin was going to dunk himself. Maybe that should be his finisher in the dunk contest if he enters. He dunks the ball and just follows straight through the rim, dunking himself. That would be something we haven't seen.
Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 11:11 pm
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

I think this guy is going to be special if he doesn't blow out a knee.  I was thoroughly impressed with his basketball acumen.  I thought he was just a dunking machine but he made alot of "basketball plays" the one time I have watched him.  You can see he was well coached in college and or high school.  He only needs to develop a jumper and he could easily be the most dominant player in the NBA.  Whats scary is that he appears to be intelligent enough to realize this.  I cannot wait to see him next year with a season under his belt and a jumper.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

trickoheat you must not watch much basketball if you think that dunking is all that griffin can do, he averages a double double, he is a great defender, he can dribble pretty well for a big man and it wont be too long before he is the best that the nba has to offer at the power foward position so please just stop with ur ignorant statements



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Incomperable

Griffin is to the NBA what Vick is to the NFL:  An incomperable talent who does things on the court/field that NO ONE ELSE at their position or league can do.  Are they the best players in their league?  No, but they are both incomperable athletes who LITERALLY make you say ,"WOW" when you see them make plays.  Not many can do that...... Griffin can.



Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

Listen Fat guy sittin on his couch.  This guy is one of the finest young talents in the NBA.  Not only does he average a Double - Double in his first season, but he is a tremendous shot blocker as well!  Get off your couch fat butt and plug in the wii fit and get to exercising.  WASTE OF SPACE!!!! 



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:16 am
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

IS this pretty much all he can do? Is it really a big deal someone almost 7 foot tall can dunk? No.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:22 am
 

Best of Blake Griffin, December edition

Gotta say this guy is easily the only reason I even watch NBA highlights.  Lebron seems to be making headlines with his mouth these days and Griffin just dunks and dunks.  Exciting stuff especially for a rookie.


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