While casual fans are still stuck on the “All Blake Griffin does is dunk” meme, Sports Illustrated recognizes how good a player Blake as they’re rolling out their top 100 NBA players for the 2013-14 season.
The Los Angeles Clippers superstar comes in at 19th overall in the NBA. Here is a glimpse of what Rob Mahoney of The Point Forward had to say about Griffin:
Griffin is so often discussed as if he’s a simple, solvable player, and yet he finished the 2012-13 season as one of only five players to average 20 points per 36 minutes while shooting 52 percent or better from the floor. The other members of that group (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker and Brook Lopez) define its illustrious air, setting Griffin apart as a model of scoring efficiency.
Opponents can try to force Griffin to shoot jumpers by giving him space on the perimeter, but he’s clearly capable of working his way into the lane in despite the defense’s intentions. That jumper is coming along, too; it hasn’t yet translated to a significant bump in shooting percentage, but Griffin is noticeably more comfortable in taking those shots and converts them at a roughly league-average rate.
via Top 100 players of 2014: Nos. 30-21 – The Point Forward
Griffin isn’t the only Clipper that has appeared on this list. Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes were ranked in the bottom 25. It’s safe to assume Chris Paul is next to appear as The Point Forward is releasing their top ten players in the NBA tomorrow.