Over at Grantland, Zach Lowe penned a wonderful piece breaking down Blake Griffin’s improvements in the post, his passing, crunch-time play and defense. It’s a great analysis of the general ascendance Griffin’s taken since Paul’s injury and before.
Griffin is attempting nearly six post-up shots per game in Paul’s absence, up from about 3.9 post-up shots on average before Paul’s injury, per Synergy Sports. Griffin has shot 48 percent on the block post-Paul and has drawn shooting fouls on an astonishing 26 percent of his post-up possessions in that stretch, per Synergy. The Clips have scored 1.03 points per possession over those games on all Griffin post-ups that end with Griffin shooting, drawing a foul, or turning the ball over.
That figure would rank fifth overall among 79 players who have finished at least 50 post-ups this season, per Synergy. The four players who have exceeded Griffin’s post-Paul efficiency on the block: LeBron James (the best player alive, though Kevin Durant is closing the gap); Brook Lopez (out for the season); Boris Diaw (not nearly as frequent a post-up scoring threat); and Dirk Nowitzki (sort of a well-known post-up guy). Griffin’s post-ups this season have produced .981 points per possession, meaning he’s actually been better without Paul, even while assuming a larger burden. But even so: That .981 figure ranks Griffin 12th among those 79 players, in a virtual tie with some dude named Kevin Durant. Respected post scorers below Griffin include Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, David Lee, Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Kevin Love, DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Pekovic, and many others.
You can scream all you want that Griffin doesn’t have a post game. You are just wrong, and your argument looks increasingly like the hysterical shouting of a crazy person who points to a sunny sky and tells you it’s raining.