The Clippers have never had a player quite like Blake and, after months of visual feasting on Blake Griffin dunk highlights, NBA fans (not just Clipper fans!) are starting to catch onto the fact that Blake is not just a slam dunk machine. His shooting and ballhandling are shockingly good not just for a rookie big man, but for a big man in general. However, his passing may be even more unique. Fellow TrueHooper and New York Times Basketball Blogger Rob Mahoney takes a look into the most unselfish of Blake’s traits.
Although his statistical contributions are splendid, Griffin isn’t out to “get his.” In fact, it’s quite the contrary; though the N.B.A.’s new favorite son is a strong scorer and rebounder, Griffin has also impressed fans with his knack for piling up the game’s most altruistic statistic. He may not function as the Clippers’ primary ball handler, but Griffin is no stranger to setting up his teammates.
In fact, Griffin has registered seven or more assists on five occasions this season, a mark surpassed by only one forward or center (LeBron James) in the league. He has reached that mark more often than the starting point guards Aaron Brooks and Darren Collison, and is just one seven-assist game short of matching Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili’s totals for the year. The same court awareness that guides Griffin to the hoop for a put-back dunk apparently informs his sense of space on the pass, leading to an impressive overall floor game that doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves. Most big men don’t move or dunk the way Griffin does, and most don’t pass the way he does, either.