Blake Griffin. That should be my whole post. The mere mention of his name gets NBA fans excited. As it should. The Los Angeles Clipper's rookie poured in 47 points Monday night to go with his 14 rebounds in a 115-107 win over the Indiana Pacers. The numbers are offensive. Not only is the point total obviously his career high, but it's also the most any player has scored in a game this season! There's been over 500 games played in the league this season that include the likes of Kobe, LeBron, Durant, Melo, Wade and every other big time scorer, and it's Big Blake that has the 2010/2011 high. The kid is doing things that come once a decade; on the actual court and in the box score. Of course Griffin is a dunking highlight reel waiting to happen, but he's more than that. On Monday, Blake scored with offensive rebound/putbacks, jump shots, hook shots, bank shots, and foul shots. The only other players in NBA history, 21 years of age or younger, to post 47 points and yank 14 rebounds are basketball gods Michael Jordan and Rick Barry. Heard of 'em? Forget age and the word 'rookie', Blake Griffin is creeping toward the title of 'top 10′ player in the league. Oh, it's true. Dude is #12 in the league in scoring! No other rookie is even in the top 65! One dimensional? Save it. Blake is the freaking 4th best rebounder in the L. No other rookie is in the top 20. Blake has an astronomical 33 double doubles in just 40 games! On a nightly basis dude uses opposing defenses as toilet paper. He's a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year, but it may be time we transition the topic to one of the best rookies in the history of this game. With the exception of the earlier era's of basketball, when lopsided competition would allow a guy like Wilt Chamberlain as a rookie to average 37 points and 27 rebounds, Blake's performance stacks up to anyone. Even sensational rookie seasons such as Kevin Durant's (20 pts, 4 reb), LeBron James' (20 pts, 5.5 reb), and Dwight Howard's (12 pts, 10 reb) weren't as impressive. I put Blake's rookie season with the likes of Shaq's (23 pts, 13 reb) or Michael Jordan's (28pts, 6.5 reb). Where you rank Blake is debatable, but the point is he's in that conversation. Oh, and by the way, Blake has single-handedly made the Clippers relevant again. In the past week they've beaten the Pacers, Lakers and Heat (All playoff teams). Ever since the Clippers horrible 1-13 start, Griffin has averaged a 'fantasy friendly' 25.6 points and 14 rebounds. Not once has the rookie scored single digits this season. Blake's 'worst' performance in the last 26 games was 13 points and 11 rebounds. To put it in perspective, those numbers are bit better than Tim Duncan's season averages. Blake Griffin has a motor on him like Kevin Love, the power in his game like Dwight Howard, and the athleticism of Dominique Wilkins. Am I on his jock a bit? Yup. Should you be? Yup. Hate it or love it, the barely-legal-to-drink Griffin is the future of this game. The bandwagon is here, get on or get off. You know where I stand.
For your viewing pleasure, check the highlights from Monday's game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0ikcLWYzfo