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Blake Austin Griffin is a well-known American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.
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Key Facts & Information
- Blake Austin Griffin was born on 16th March 1989 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His parents are Tommy and Gail Griffin.
- His father was a basketball center who played for Northwestern Oklahoma State University and owned a basketball gym.
- Griffin and his older brother Taylor were home-tutored by their mother and were taught basketball by their father.
- Before deciding to focus on basketball, Griffin also played baseball as a first baseman and football as a wide receiver, safety, and tight end.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
- Griffin represented Oklahoma Christian School, during the 2003, 2004, and 2005 season, winning the state championship all three years.
- Griffin caught the attention of Jeff Capel, a member of the Athletic First AAU team.
- He won the Most Valuable Player of the finals and was awarded ‘The Oklahoman Player of the Year’ award for two consecutive years.
- Blake was the best prospect and ranked as the nation’s 13th best high school senior.
- He made it to all the All-American and All-State teams of EA-Sports, Parade All-American, McDonald’s All-American, and Jordan Brand All-America Teams.
- Griffin accepted a scholarship at University of Oklahoma.
- While performing at his best, Griffin also suffered injuries to both of his knees.
- A week later, he returned to play with 14 points and 8 rebounds in a win versus Missouri.
- He was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft, but decided to return to college.
- His sophomore year performance earned him six of the National Player of the Year awards:
- Naismith Award
- Oscar Robertson Trophy
- Adolph Rupp Trophy
- John Wooden Award
- Associated Press player of the Year
- He was also named player of the year by the B12, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and FoxSports.com by unanimous choice.
- He was the first pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft.
- Despite missing his first season, he recorded consecutive double -doubles of 27 games on 2010; the longest streak since 1968.
- He was voted to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game as reserve and won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.
- He played all the 82 regular season games and became the first rookie to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
- He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and earned the Rookie of the Year award.
- During the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Griffin played as a starter along with Chris Paul, his new teammate.
- He performed well throughout the season with an average of 18.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
- Under a new coach and new owner, Griffin remained an outstanding player, leading his team to beat the Warriors during the playoff before Thunders overtook them.
- He earned his first career game winning buzzer-beater on December 8, 2014, scoring a career high 45 points.
- In 2015, he recorded his first two career triple doubles against the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets during the postseason.
- In the same year, injuries plagued Griffin after he suffered a partially torn left quadricep. The next year, his hand was injured after a fist fight.
- On April 1, 2016, in a game against Los Angeles Lakers, he reached 10,000 points in his career.
- On July 18, 2017, he renewed his contract with the Clippers for five years in a $ 173 million deal.
- On January 29, 2018, Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for first and second round draft picks.
- He became the first Pistons player to score 50 points in a game since 2006, and the first NBA player to score 50 points during the 2018–19 NBA season.
- He continued his triple double records and soon reached his 12,000 point career.
- After losing the 2019 playoffs, he underwent knee surgery.
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