Heralded as one of basketball’s most exciting players, Blake Griffin has energized the game and accomplished more in his rookie season than the average player achieves in a career.
After missing what was supposed to be his rookie year in 2009-10 due to a knee injury, Blake launched his rookie campaign on October 27, 2010 with a 20-point, 14-rebound performance. Every month since then has seen one explosive leap after the next. As a result of his performance, Blake was voted by coaches as a reserve to the 2011 All-Star game, making him the first player since Tim Duncan to be selected as an All-Star reserve in his rookie season.
Being the first rookie to play in an All-Star game in a decade wasn’t the only feat Blake accomplished All-Star weekend. Blake also participated in both the Rookie Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest, making him the first player in history to participate in each of the three nights of All-Star weekend. And Blake didn’t just show up to these events, he dominated. He cemented his legacy as one of the biggest and brightest stars in basketball by winning the Slam Dunk Contest and treating the world to some of the most memorable moments in All-Star weekend history.
Despite his young team falling out of the playoff race in the second half of the season, Blake’s game suffered no such struggles. In fact, one could see Blake’s game improve night in and night out as he accomplished two elusive triple-doubles and drastically improved what was once a major flaw: his free throw shooting. After having swept the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors for the entire season, Blake capped off his historic rookie season by being unanimously voted Rookie of the Year.
Griffin had a renowned high school career at Oklahoma Christian School, winning state titles each of his four years. He then played college basketball for the University of Oklahoma and was chosen as the Naismith, Wooden and Associated Press Player of the Year en route to being a consensus selection as National Player of the Year. After his second year at Oklahoma, Griffin announced that he would enter the 2009 Draft.
On June 25, 2009, Blake Griffin was selected as the number one overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.