Blake Griffin was an LA Clippers icon early in his career. But now Griffin is enjoying maturity with the Detroit Pistons. As a player, Griffin has had great achievements. But Griffin feels incomplete without the NBA champion ring on his finger. Next season, he wants to find a team that has a chance to win.
Blake Griffin was picked up by the Clippers from the 2009 NBA Draft. But he only played in the 2010-2011 regular season because of a knee injury. This injury was a blessing, because Griffin was immediately assigned as a starter in the 2010-2011 season. He averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds in 82 games. Griffin was named 2011 Rookie of the Year.
Griffin also had good times with the Clippers. He was able to take the Clippers to the semifinals of the conference in the 2014 and 2015 playoffs. Until 2017, Griffin received a contract worth US $ 171 million from the Clippers with a duration of five years. But the contract is like a dream cradle. Because six months later, the Clippers sent him to the Detroit Pistons with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson. The Clippers were rewarded with Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and several draft tickets. From here, Griffin’s maturation process began.
Griffin said that the Pistons were not a team that could make their dreams come true. Therefore, he changed his view while playing at the Pistons. It’s not about winning and losing, but making the Pistons better in the league. Especially now that they are building a new team based on young players. Griffin and Derrick Rose only served as mentors for them.
While viewed from his physical condition, Griffin this season has not been able to appear perfect. Last season, Griffin underwent two operations on his left knee. He only played 18 games in the 2019-2020 season. Piston needs a star on and off the pitch, but definitely not Griffin and Rose.