Posted by Royce Young
It only took a couple of preseason games for Blake Griffin to remind the NBA world of his existence. As noted in the Shootaround, the Rookie of the Year chatter is starting to Heat up for Griffin who as of a week ago was third or even fourth on some way-too-early-ballots.
Games like last night are what people should get used to with Griffin - 13 points, 17 rebounds, three steals and a block in 37 minutes. In the game before that against the Warriors, Griffin threw up 23 points on 10-15 shooting and hauled in nine rebounds in 24 minutes. It's vintage Griffin. High energy, all the time.
And in between grabbing rebounds and scoring on the block, he can still do things like this:
If this were a new Nike commercial, here's where I would say "BOOM!" But despite that being a fairly ridiculous alley oop, every time he jumps though, I get a little nervous. Last year's injury came on a dunk that looked so harmless.
But what made this oop impressive was the over-the-shoulder catch and where he took off from. Griffin is a big, big body. He's 6'10 and 260 pounds. And he's built. But he handles the ball like a guard and runs the floor like a small forward. A lot of the reason for that is growing up, Griffin didn't play the post. He was a point guard. I always find that interesting.
John Wall definitely has everyone's attention and DeMarcus Cousins certainly has a chance to prove himself with Samuel Dalembert's injury. Both of those guys will be great rookies and make impacts right away. But Griffin is reminding people - loudly - the he's back to form.
After his first preseason game against Portland, Griffin told Blazersege, "I definitely feel better than I did preseason last year. I don't have any nagging injuries or anything like that. My main concern is just keeping my body healthy and getting better."
Yep, looks like he's feeling pretty good. Now stay that way for a full 82.