Following elimination from the playoffs, the NBA has released Blake Griffin’s top 20 plays of the season, reminding us who much fun he is as a player.
Amidst his growth from star to superstar, Griffin didn’t decline in entertainment value. In fact you could say it increased as he woo’d fans in ways he was unable to before.
Based on his last few years there were less poster dunks, but that has more to do with the opposition not wanting to jump rather than Griffin’s decrease in dunk attempts. The fastbreak opportunities increased ten-fold as Doc Rivers allowed Griffin to run fast breaks upon grabbing a rebound. This lead to more assists, more dunks and more alley-oops with Griffin being the passer. According to Basketball-Reference, Blake Griffin was fourth in dunks made (176) and dunks attempted (193). Only DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, and Dwight Howard made and attempted more dunks than Griffin this year.
And with all of that comes Blake Griffin’s top 10 plays of the 2013-14. As usual there are your run-of-the-mill dunks, but Griffin spices things up showing how well of a finisher at the rim he is in his Game 7 aerobatic layup over Draymond Green and even shows off his vastly underrated handles. The order could be debated on the plays, but there is no doubt that Griffin has maintained his place as one of the most entertaining players in basketball.