American professional basketball player Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) once played for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets (NBA). He was a college basketball star for the Oklahoma Sooners, earning the award for best player in the country as a sophomore. In the 2009 NBA draft, Griffin was the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Since then, he has been named to six All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams. Griffin was sent to the Pistons in a January 2018 trade and will remain a member of the team until 2021. Griffin joined the Brooklyn Nets in March of 2021.
Blake Griffin Contract
Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Boston Celtics and veteran forward Blake Griffin had reached a one-year, fully guaranteed contract.
Griffin, who is now 33 years old, has played for the Brooklyn Nets for the past two seasons. In 2021-22, he shot only 42.5 percent from the floor and averaged a career-low 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The Celtics reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract with Blake Griffin 👀
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) September 30, 2022
Griffin, a six-time All-Star, has seen his career severely limited by injury. From being one of the finest players in the league to barely making the Nets’ rotation due to chronic knee discomfort, his career has taken a dramatic downturn.
Griffin only played 25 minutes in the Nets’ first-round series against the Celtics last year, and coach Steve Nash benched him for two of the games. Nash had already removed Griffin from playing time during the regular season, but he was forced back into action due to injuries.
While speaking to reporters in November, Nash said, “Well, I feel for him.” “That’s a tough nut to crack. When you hit a bad patch during a game and feel like the walls are closing in, you know the going is tough. I can relate because I have been there. We need to give some other guys a shot, but Blake has shown a fantastic attitude and deserves one. I respect him for staying optimistic and ready to make an impact when his chance returns.”
It would be a shame if Griffin’s days as a valuable NBA contributor were over after his early prime success. From December 2019 to March 2021, the man who once dunked over a car in a dunk contest did not make a single dunk. The entire season, he only managed 13 dunks.
Griffin is limited to the perimeter and suffers as a result of defense due to his lack of explosiveness around the basket. He improved greatly as a shooter from the outside, but that shouldn’t be his primary strength.
With his new contract in Boston, however, Griffin has a better opportunity of making an impact right away. Since center Robert Williams will be out to start the season with a knee injury, the Celtics may use some help at power forward from Blake Griffin, who is a very different player than Williams, who is known for his defensive prowess.
Griffin made his debut for the Nets, logging two points, two rebounds, and a block in a 113–106 win over the Washington Wizards. On May 6, Griffin logged his first double-double as a Net with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 113–109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
On August 9, 2021, Griffin re-signed with the Nets on a one-year deal. After starting 17 games early in the season, Nets head coach Steve Nash removed Griffin from the starting lineup and the rotation entirely in favor of LaMarcus Aldridge. On February 6, 2022, Griffin scored a season-high 19 points in a 104–124 loss to the Denver Nuggets.