Over at Bleacher Report, I wrote about how Blake Griffin’s game as a passer has developed and what may be in his future. I also make the relatively insane suggestion that Doc Rivers should try him at point forward for a short stint just to see how it goes. Click here to read the full article. Here is an excerpt.
Of course, Griffin’s not doing this over a full season. It’s been 16 games. But that’s still a sample size legitimate enough to make you wonder: What kind of player is Griffin turning into? Maybe he shouldn’t be hanging around mid-range and chucking up jumpers like he’s been doing for much of this season, but he’s certainly not a strictly low-post performer, either.
“It’s very valuable,” Chris Paul said of Griffin’s passing, via Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press Telegram. “When teams try to send two people at me in the pick-and-roll and different things like that, there are some guys in our league who have to try to pull it and drag it and keep it themselves. But it makes us that much more dangerous that I can just hit Blake, and he knows how to make great decisions.”
Blake has complemented those passing numbers with 21.9-point and 8.1-rebound per-game averages in the past 16. It’s basically—in the least intellectual way—low-scoring LeBron James production without three-point shooting. And that leads us to another question, one the Clippersshould be asking themselves right about now.