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Blake Griffin


ABOUT
Brooklyn Nets Media Day

Full NameBlake Austin Griffin

BornMarch 16, 1989

Height6 ft 10 in

NationalityAmerican

RolePower Forward

ABOUT

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player who plays in the NBA as a power forward for the Brooklyn Nets. He is best known for his days with the ‘Lob City Clippers’ where he would regularly be on highlight reels for some or the other crazy dunk. Injuries derailed much of his athleticism, but he has remodeled his game to stay relevant in the NBA.



Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets - Game Five


Early Life


Blake Griffin was born on March 16, 1989 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended high school at Oklahoma Christian School where he won multiple state titles. After a stellar senior season in highschool, he came away with the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Blake chose to play his college basketball for Oklahoma University. He ended up staying for two years and won the Naismith College Player of the Year for his dominant performances during his sophomore season. Subsequently, he declared for the 2009 NBA Draft.


NBA Journey


The LA Clippers selected Blake with the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He would break his kneecap during a preseason game, missing the whole season. He officially began his NBA Career in the 2010-2011 season. He had one of the most dominant rookie seasons, joining a select few to have been selected to the NBA All-Star Team during their rookie season. Before the start of the 2011-2012 season, the Clippers traded for Chris Paul. The duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin became one of the most dangerous pick and roll duos in the league. Although they dominated the regular season, the Clippers were never able to make it past the second round of the playoffs due to inopportune injuries. After a few injury-plagued seasons, the Clippers traded Griffin to the Pistons in 2018.


The accumulation of injuries sapped Griffin’s athleticism which was a major part of his game. He remodelled his game and became a much better three point shooter and facilitator. Blake earned NBA All-Star Team and All-NBA Team selections for the first time since 2015. During the 2019 NBA Playoffs, he played with a torn meniscus which he underwent surgery for after the Piston’s season concluded. The next two seasons, he was a shell of the player he was. The Pistons bought him out in 2021 and he signed with the Nets in March 2021 in hopes of winning his first NBA Championship.


NBA Awards and Accolades


Award/AccoladeYearTeam
NBA All-Star6 times (2011-2015, 2019)Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons
All-NBA Second Team3 times (2012-2014)Los Angeles Clippers
All-NBA Third Team2015, 2019Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons
NBA Rookie of the Year2011Los Angeles Clippers
All-NBA Rookie First Team2011Los Angeles Clippers


Net Worth


Basketball may be his main money harbouring talent, but he is known to be a great comedian which has allowed him to earn a lot of money from endorsements. His net worth is estimated to be around $110 million. His current NBA Contract with the Nets will pay him $2,641,691. He has endorsement deals with Kia, Subway, AT&T, Vizio and Nike. In a typical year he earns $6-10 million from his endorsements.


Family



Griffin was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Tommy and Gail Griffin. He has an older brother whose name is Taylor Griffin.




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