DO YOU KNOW BLAKE GRIFFIN?
Here are five things you may or may not know about superstar Blake Griffin:
1. Griffin and legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who holds the all-time record in total points scored in a career, are the only two players in NBA history to average more than 20 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, while shooting greater than 50 percent from the field in their first three seasons combined. Impressively, Griffin did so averaging 7.0 minutes per game fewer than Abdul-Jabbar.
2. In 2008-09, his second and final season at the University of Oklahoma, Griffin swept all six of the national player of the year awards, including the Naismith Player of the Year. He became the first player in school history to win the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, Wooden Award and AP Player of the Year.
3. St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, who also attended Oklahoma, and Griffin grew up near Oklahoma City in houses that were separated by less than five miles. The two played on an AAU team together in 2005 and Griffin’s family owned a trophy company that Bradford’s father used while Bradford’s father owned a gym that Blake and his brother, Taylor, worked out in.
4. Griffin has made the All-Star team all three years in the league, becoming the first Clippers player in history to do so. He is also the first Clippers player to make three All-Star teams while a member of the organization (note: Bob Kauffman and Bob McAdoo each made three All-Star teams while playing for the Buffalo Braves). When he was selected as a reserve in 2010-11, he was the first rookie since Tim Duncan in 1998 to be voted in by the coaches.
5. Known as one of the savviest and best endorsers in all of sports, Griffin has pitched a wide range of things from cars to sandwiches. However, one of his first, and funniest, commercials came in 2011 when he teamed with Kevin Love to compete in the Hasbro game Jenga.