Blake Griffin Could Be Having A Very Short Career
Blake Griffin could have a very short career.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Thunderous dunks are fun, but so is having an NBA career more than 2 years long.
Blake Griffin is undeniably one of the most dynamic players in the NBA. His dunk highlight real is already the type of thing legends are made of. Unfortunately, the same thing that makes him so much fun to watch will also be the reason his NBA career is very short.
It is a little well known fact that players that soar through the air generally have short NBA careers. Yes, there are exceptions. I'm sure someone is going to write me talking about Jordan or Dominique's career. Like I said, with any general theory there are exception. Yet, ask any NBA GM and they'll all tell you the same thing. Players that make the majority of their buckets off of high-flying dunks are a liability due to the abuse their bodies and more specifically knees must endure.
Someone like Blake Griffin is a textbook example of the type of dunk-machine GM's cringe at. Without his ability to jump over everyone on the floor, Griffin quickly becomes a marginal player. He has zero outside shot, zero mid-range game, and hardly a low-post game to speak of that doesn't involve simply jumping over his defender. If Griffin loses a few inches off his vertical he becomes a bench player at best.
The reason this is of so much interest right now is Griffin recently injured his knee during the U.S. Olympic teams preparations for the 2012 London Olympics. He had arthroscopic surgery on Monday and will spend his summer not collecting gold medals in London but recovering in LA. It remains to be seen if he will be ready for the Clippers training camp. This would be a crushing loss for a team the heavily relied on his 20.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
We wish Blake a speedy recovery and hope he has a long career, but flying through the air is dangerous.
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