Blake Griffin is now one point shy of tying Ken Norman for seventh on the all-time Clippers scoring list.
Before leaving Saturday’s contest against the Houston Rockets with back spasms, Griffin posted seven points in only six minutes of action. Griffin has already moved from number 12 to eight on the all-time Clippers scoring list, and is the eighth active player to top 6,000 career points before the end of his fourth season, and the 63rd player in NBA history. Griffin is also the first player since Kevin Durant to record 6,000 points in fewer than 285 career games.
Ken “The Snake” Norman was selected 19th overall by the Clippers in the 1987 NBA Draft. He played six-seasons with the Clippers where in his best season he averaged 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 80 games. Although he’s never been fond of reptiles, Norman gained the nickname “The Snake” as a child basketball prodigy for his ability to slither between defenders towards the basket. During his tenure with the Clippers, Norman poured in 6,432 points.
On a tear this season, Griffin is currently averaging 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3.7 assists according to NBA.com. He’s on track to be the first player in more than 35 years to average 24, points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in one of the first four years of an NBA career. Bob McAdoo was the last player to do so for Buffalo in 1975-76.
Widely considered as a coming-out-season for Griffin, should he continue this level of play, he has a shot at reaching 6,500 points in four seasons – joining elite company such as Vince Carter, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. At the moment he’s fifth in first quarter points (7.6), has 34 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season, and ranks first in the league in points in the paint.
Remaining ahead of Griffin on the Clippers all time scoring list are Loy Vaught (6,614), Bob McAdoo (9,434) and Randy Smith (12,735). Should Griffin continue his stellar play, the Clippers will eventually have a new all-time scoring champ.
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