Blake Griffin has been excellent this season and he doesn’t seem to be on many peoples radar. He is quietly having one of his best seasons as an NBA player. Even considering his “Lob City” years with the Clippers, this season he’s having with the Pistons is among the best of his career. Averaging a career high in points per game, he has looked comfortable in his new home in Detroit.
During the first part of the 2018-19 season, Blake Griffin was making a small case for the MVP. That quickly dwindled due to the spectacular play of James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James. Nonetheless, Griffin was playing MVP-caliber basketball and it went unnoticed. Following a 33 point performance in a victory versus the Bulls, the Oklahoma native blew up for a career-high 50 points and 14 rebounds in a win over the prominent 76ers. Two days later he put up a solid stat line of 26 points and 10 rebounds against the Cavs and ignited the 4-0 start for the Pistons.
Although Blake Griffin was playing at an extremely high level and the team was winning games, they hit a wall and Griffin became an afterthought. However, his season averages are nothing short of All-Star caliber. This is significant considering he hasn’t made an All-Star game in 4 years. The last time Blake Griffin was an All-Star, LeBron was playing his first season with the Cavaliers since returning, Kevin Durant was with the Thunder and the Warriors had yet to start their championship run. Putting up a career-high 25.6 points a night along with 8.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists, he is absolutely worthy of an All-Star nod. Not only should he be an All-Star, but he should also be considered a candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year; An award won by stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love, Paul George and even Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady. Coming off a year where he was traded from the Clippers, averaging a career-low 6.6 rebounds per game and the second lowest amount of points per game at 19.8, he was not expected to be playing at this high of a level this season.
Blake Griffin should have everyone’s attention right now. Fresh off of a revenge game against the Clippers where he notched 44 points and 8 rebounds, he shows no signs of slowing down. This performance could kick start a run and help the Pistons plunge into the playoffs. Sitting at 10th in the Eastern Conference, they are only three games back from the 6th spot and only a half game out of the 8th spot. Detroit is in position to make a run at the playoffs, but the time for that type of run is now. Considering how the standings have fluctuated over the course of the season, the Pistons could easily find themselves at the bottom of the conference if they don’t strike soon. Griffin, with the help of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, could help lead this team to their first playoff birth since 2016. In a considerably weak Eastern Conference, a playoff birth and maybe even a playoff run isn’t as far fetched as it might seem. Over the next 10 games, the Pistons opponents have a combined winning percentage of .508. 6 of those 10 games will be at home for Detroit. This is a prime opportunity for a winning streak if Blake Griffin keeps his level of play up.
Griffin has been playing at a very high level and it’s about time he gets recognized for it. Keep a close eye on Blake Griffin, he just might embarrass your favorite team here pretty soon if he hasn’t already.