If you’ve been keeping up with ESPN and their 500-player NBA Rank you’ll notice that Los Angeles Clippers‘ own Blake Griffin has popped up on the list, coming in at 14.
Only two players in NBA history at averaged at least 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game while shooting at least 50 percent in each of their first three seasons (h/t ESPN Stats). Who are they?
Well obviously one is Blake Griffin, but the other is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Yes, the six-time MVP, six-time NBA champion Abdul-Jabbar. Regardless if Blake ever reaches that status as a player (which is extremely doubtful) that’s great company to be in and proof that he isn’t over-hyped like most thing.
For perspective here are some notes on Griffin’s ranking and those around him:
- Some will think that ESPN doesn’t think Blake Griffin hasn’t improved much as a player as he was ranked 14th in last year’s edition of #NBARank, but don’t. Blake not improving up (or down) may be more of a reflection of those around him.
- Here are some notable players that Griffin was put above: Kobe Bryant (25), Roy Hibbert (21), Al Horford (19), Dwyane Wade (18), Tim Duncan (16) and Carmelo Anthony (15).
- With Griffin at 14, ESPN has him as the second best player in the city of Los Angeles, presumably behind his teammate in Chris Paul. Of course when Bryant is healthy he’s a better player than Blake.
- Looking at the list the only power forward ahead of Griffin will be Minnesota’s Kevin Love, making him the second best power forward in the NBA.
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