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Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin Is The Most Improved Player In NBA
- Updated: February 8, 2014
Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin came into the NBA as a rookie in 2010-2011 and was an instant star. He was named the league’s Rookie of the Year and made the All-Star team as a rookie, and rightfully so. Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
As a rookie, Griffin was really just an athlete. Almost all of his points came off of dunks, offensive rebounds, and open layups around the rim. His offense game was extremely raw and his jumper and touch in the paint needed a lot of work.
Now fast forward to today. The “athlete” that was Blake Griffin three seasons ago is no where to be found. Instead, #32 on the Clippers is one of the most skilled big men in the game. Griffin has developed a dangerous back-t0-the-basket post game, a knockdown midrange jumper, and he’s even developed enough ball handling skills to take defenders to the rim off the dribble.
Blake Griffin’s transformation as a player has been remarkable. The NBA’s Most Improved Player award usually goes to players who are bench players one season then burst onto the scene the next. It doesn’t go to a player that made the All-Star team the previous season, but I’d argue Griffin has improved his game from last season to this season more than anyone else in the league.