Blake Griffin: 6-8 1/2 without shoes, 248 pounds, 6-11 1/4 wing span.
You know who’s a lot lighter, but just as freaky? DeJuan Blair — 6-5 1/4 tall, 277 pounds, with a 7-2 wing span.
[Hat Tip: DJ]
He we wont be playing shoeless, so 6-10″ is good for a power forward, right?
Taller than Brand. Combined with his athleticism he should get along fine at the 4.
Great size for an athletic PF. Combine Amare Stoudamire and Elton Brand, you’ll get Blake Griffin.
Sounds like what was expected right?
not quite. Hes near the bottom in wingspan and reaching height. Obiously he doesnt look like Andrei Kirilenko when you look at him but somehwat dissapointed.
blair even looks quite a bit like elton to me. could def. pass for brothers.
i won’t be surprised if we look back in a few years and blair looks like he should’ve been the 2nd pick.
I agree, I think Dejuan Blair is flying under the radar a bit, but he’s got the type of game that will translate well to the NBA. Blake is definitely the top choice but Blair might be the dark horse in this draft.
6’8 1/2″, short wing span, quick for his size, smart, good handle…..
Are we talking SF here so that Bo and Camby can play together with BG? Bo and Camby can take the ball outside and shoot.
With his short wing span, will Griffin have more difficulty becoming a good NBA defender then we thought? Should we re-think the trade issue?
How exactly important is wing span?
Wingspan is over-hyped sometimes. Brand has unusually long arms for his height, so his wingspan helps compensate for his height (Brand’s under 6’8″ – I read somewhere he was closer to 6″6″). But a lot of long wingspans are more the result of wide torsos than long arms.
Cappy is right, long wingspan compensates for short players (Brand). With Blake’s athleticism and height it shouldn’t be a problem at the 4.
6’11″ is not a short wingspan. We should have no worries especially with his strength and athleticism.
The only player I ever remember getting knocked for his short wingspan or arms was Kevin Willis and he still had a pretty damn fine career.
he’s fine with shoes, he’s perfect and the speculation needs to stop.
Personally I want to say I’m glad Jay Leno is off The Tonight Show, he needs to crash one of his old school cars especially for his comment about the Clippers in his third joke.
Griffin, I want Griffin (and Hinrich and either R. Jefferson or T. Prince… I can dream).
I lied, we beat the Lakers in the WCF if he had Griffin and Artest!
Too bad. Worst draft year of NBA history?
Class of 2000.
Not a deep draft, but there’s at least one good pick and we’ve got him. The lack of draft depth really only hurts the other teams. This was a very good lottery to win.
2000 draft was horrible. Kenyon Martin was the right pick at #1 and 2 other all stars were Jamaal Magloire and Michael Redd (2nd round). 1986 draft was bad too
This is off thread, but is anyone else just getting excited about the hope for a better future Griffin brings? Am I the only one?
I just watched Kenny Smith’s analysis on Yahoo (http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/nba/13726518;_ylt=AtpqYl8Fal1PkWp2fWQfP9y8vLYF). I’m more hopeful than him — I tend to think he underestimates last year’s injuries. But he’s got a point about the West being a tough conference to make the playoffs in. Still, I hope we’ll see 40 wins next year. One thing’s for sure, the team’s future with Griffin is certainly better than one without him.
The Griffin score went a good ways towards reeling me back in. Like a sliver of daylight seen at the end of a long dark tunnel. Or some other hallmark crap. But I still feel like we’re waiting on Murphy’s Law. Looking foward to the pick, the summer league and seeing that it’s actually for real and doesn’t get Clipperized.
I’m still on the fence. The draft hasnt happened and nothing has changed from last season. Dunleavy needs to go. Besides just scoring the pick (i mean, come on, we’ve all been here before) they gotta show they are ready to build a contender and are not just retreading the same ole thing. Besides all the excitement and a huge push to move season tickets, the only thing i’ve heard is they plan to retread the same ole team with Dunleavy at the helm.
Jeff Van Gundy, Avery Johnson, Mo Cheeks, Mike Frickin Fratello, i mean there are tons of other coaches out on the market that have run teams that go to the playoffs with regularity. Coaches with career winning percentages over .500. The real sign of something new is when this team fires its losing coach that alienates his players and starts creating a new culture.
We know that wont happen. We are too cheap to be progressive and invest in a real future.
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