Even though most voters have Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant and Miami Heat forward LeBron James finishing first and second in this years NBA MVP voting, Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin is making a case to be in the discussion.
The saying is always “no one remembers second,” and in this case third will surely be forgotten but it’s a building block for a player once known as just a dunker.
The star forward is averaging 24.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while helping his Los Angeles ball club to a 48-21 record and a third place seeding in the Western Conference standings.
The most impressive feat for Griffin this season has been his ability to play well without All-Star point guard Chris Paul in addition to his jump shot.Paul has missed 19 games this season due to injury but Griffin has carried the load in his absence.
Griffin is shooting 53% from the field and 70.5 percent from the free-throw line this season; up from 66 percent during the 2012-13 campaign.
The only knock he may have right now is being “soft” considering the nightly scuffles provoked by other forwards in an attepmt to get under his skin.
It could be jealousy because of his commercials, “showboat” dunking or just the fact he is better, either way Griffin needs to show a little more bite behind his bark.
With only 13 games left and the Western Conference so competitive it will be important for the Clippers to snag one of the top 3 seeds before playoff time.