Breaking down Blake Griffin

Oklahoma beat Nebraska 72-61 last night behind another strong performance from Blake Griffin, who scored 27 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for his 15th double-double in 19 games this season.

My favorite mock draft website, draftexpress.com, has the 6’10” Sophomore as the no. 1 overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft, which will most likely belong to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Griffin is expected to declare his eligibility for the NBA following this season. His game should to lead to immediate success at the professional level.

TTT presents a look at Blake Griffin’s NBA future.

Strengths: Griffin is a legitimate 6’10” with a long wingspan. He displays excellent footwork and is very quick and explosive. His effort and energy have never been questioned during his two years in Norman. Griffin is willing to play inside, has a soft touch around the rim, and rarely takes bad shots. He improved his conditioning during an intense off season workout program. He also improved his perimeter game during the summer and is now a capable mid-range shooter.

Weaknesses: Griffin relies heavily on his superior athletic ability to score inside. He rarely needs to display true post moves to score, but that will change at the next level. Griffin struggles to pass the ball when facing double-teams and occasionally gets pushed away from the basket when trying to re-post. Defensively, he relies on his athletic ability to rebound and rarely boxes out opponents.

Griffin will flourish at the next level

Griffin will flourish at the next level

Breakdown: Griffin’s skill set is often compared to that of Michael Beasley. Griffin is taller than Beasley and more of a true inside presence. While Beasley figures to end up being a small forward throughout his NBA career, Griffin will be a power forward who could even shift to center in a pinch. Griffin is probably more athletic that Beasley and more inclined to be a great rebounder in the NBA. Some added muscle and experience will ensure that Griffin does not become the next Brandon Wright.

Although it will take him some time to develop into an offensive threat, Griffin should get big minutes right away at the next level. He plays with much more intensity that Beasley and and his attitude has never been questioned. I expect Griffin to become an All-Star caliber player after only a few seasons in the League.

The Thunder have drawn well in it’s first season in Oklahoma, and the ability to draft Griffin would provide a huge marketing boost to the young franchise. Griffin’s presence would help make OKC the most exciting young team in the NBA.

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2 responses to “Breaking down Blake Griffin

  1. not sure what to think of this dude. i mean im not an avid nba fan, unless john stockton has a kid who can ball like him, i aint watchin. though i have seen a lot of griffin highlights this year he looks beast like. talk about bynum’s big day and i will post more. dude when nuts and overshadowed kobes triple double, which i believe was his second in three games…

  2. You know, I really think the Thunder need either a more traditional center or a 2guard coming out of this draft. I can foresee BGriff and Durant getting in each others way in terms of development and PT, because of Griffin’s lack of true post skills at the next level.

    Maybe this comes from a predisposition as a Warriors fan to have a fast, athletic team, but I think that if they do end up with pick one, that they trade down a spot or two and pick up James Harden. Can you imagine a team of Westbrook, Harden, Green, and Durant? What a future!

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