DEC 24, 2021 AT 01:35 AM
Blake Griffin now plays for Brooklyn Nets and that may surprise some of you who thought he was having a great contract with Detroit Pistons paying him over $34 million of base salary. But he was waived during this season and signed a minimal contract till the end of the season with the Brooklyn Nets. Well, a forward who earns millions shouldn’t show the statistics like this!
In the 2020/2021 NBA season Blake Griffin shows an average of 11.1 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists along with 42.6% of field goal percentage and 34.6% of 3-point goal percentage. Well, his 3-point attempts have never been good enough, but field goals should definitely be much better for a forward.
Back in college basketball when Blake was playing for Oklahoma Sooners, he showed 65.4% of field goal percentage and that’s exactly why he was picked in one of the NBA drafts. But today 32-year-old forward is having troubles with efficiency on the field. This is probably a hint for retirement?
In 2013/2014 NBA season Blake showed an average of 24.1 points a game, 52.8% of field goals percentage, 9.5 rebounds a game, and 3.9 assists. He was playing for Loa Aneles Clippers and that was his best season in NBA. In 2014 he earned $16 million, today it’s a whopping $34 million.
His career average field goal percentage is 49.5% and that is much lower now. The clippers chose him in the 2009 NBA draft and were hoping for a miracle. Blake started his career with over 50% of field goal percentage and a big number of rebounds. But after 2015 his statistics started deteriorating.
The reason for that is that Blake is a magnet for injuries. He nearly missed his first NBA season due to a knee injury.
But there were times when Blake Griffin was a superstar of American basketball. He has taken part in 6 NBA All-Star Games. His early dunks are legendary and they may be a good thing to include in basketball textbooks for college players. But over time, his health got worse, new injuries started taking over Blake’s skills. And you won’t believe it, but the last Griffin’s dunk was on the 12th of December, 2019. Since that time, say, Rudy Gobert has dunked over 300 times.
Here are just some of the most important career highlights of Blake Griffin:
- 6 NBA All-Star Matches including the 2019 one
- Rookie of the year in 2011
- Slam Dunk contest winner in 2011
- Numerous college basketball prizes in 2009-2010.
We believe Blake Griffin is not happy with his career and stats right now. But he is still a very experienced and precious player who can lead the team and inspire younger basketballers. We think that Blake isn’t going to show great stats anymore, but he still can help Brooklyn Nets or whatever other team he plays for. He still may retire any moment, and that explains why his contract with Brooklyn Nets in the 2020/2021 season offered just a little over $1 million of base salary.