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Blake Griffin turns 29: 5 Greatest Dunks of his career so far

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Yash Matange
Modified 16 Mar 2018
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Everybody is not LeBron James.

That's the first thing that comes to mind when you sit down to think about the relatively swift decline of Blake Griffin's physical capabilities. He's no more the quick, agile, ferocious dunker that all of us saw through the first five years of his career. At the end of the 2015 season, many believed that Griffin had learned how to control his physical aggressive above-the-rim style of play to a more smarter low-key version.

While that might have been true, he just hasn't gotten the chance to establish himself and return to any kind of rhythm as injuries keep derailing his career. Over the past three years (including this season), he's never been able to play more than 61 games in the regular season. He's slated to cross that threshold this season but it becomes irrelevant to a certain extent as he is now in a completely different situation with the Detroit Pistons.

Having said that, that's enough of the harsh realities. Let's take a trip down memory lane and take a look back at his five greatest dunks so far as the 5-time All-Star turns 29:

#5 Sequence of 3 dunks vs. Aron Baynes

Not once, not twice but Griffin posterized Aron Baynes thrice in the same game. And worse, it was a Playoff game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Now, there's no denying the insane athletic ability required from Griffin to execute these moves but Baynes wasn't exactly a reputed dependable rotation player back then let alone a capable shot-blocker or defender. In fact, the 2014-15 season was the first year, Baynes career really took off from a minutes standpoint.

That's the sole reason why these dunks (the last dunk to be more particular) are at #5 on this list. Otherwise, throwing down three dunks, all in different fashion - spin move then dunk, drive then dunk, roll then dunk - is stunning and amazing entertainment.

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Published 16 Mar 2018, 15:47 IST
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