Slowly but surely, fans are beginning to wane away from the “All He Does is Dunk” sentiment that’s often tied to Blake Griffin as he continues throughout a career year. But for the group that’s still a bit skeptical on whether Blake Griffin is good or not, here is a look at how well Griffin’s season stacks up with history.
On the season Blake Griffin is averaging 23.7 points on 52 percent shooting, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game. At this moment no one else is averaging those numbers in the NBA and since the early 2000s, this stat line hasn’t been seen.
Not including the steals, Shaquille O’Neal was the last player to average at least 23-9-3 on 52 percent shooting, doing it three times from 2000 to 2003. If including the steals, the last player to post this line was Karl Malone, doing it three times in the late 1990s, the last coming during the 1997-98 season. In one of those seasons, ’96-97 to be exact, Malone walked away with the league MVP (though many don’t think he deserved it because Michael Jordan existed.)
Further down the line you begin to come across some of the best big men of all-time who produced this lineup: Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and Charles Barkley did it seven times in their career, Larry Bird three times, Hakeem Olajuwon twice and former Los Angeles Clippers MVP in Bob McAdoo posted it once.
While Griffin’s season doesn’t completely stack up with some of the names mentioned above, him being mentioned in the same sentence as them says a lot about 1) Griffin’s improvements as a player from his rookie debut and 2) the notion that he isn’t a refined player, only getting his points on dunks. When Chris Paul went down, many thought the Clippers would flounder and that had a bit to do with their thoughts of Griffin as a player. Can he carry the Clippers as the number one option on offense? How will he cope without Chris Paul feeding him on every basket. Fast forward to today and he’s answered all questions.
In the end, it’ll take a huge playoff outing to quickly change the minds of those who still doubt Blake’s talents. Even if all he does is average 11 and 1/2 dunks per game.