The Brooklyn Nets probably have the most talented line-up in the league today.
Aside from the core-trio of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, they’ve also got role players like Joe Harris, DeAndre Jordan, Jeff Green and Nicolas Claxton on board. Some of these guys could be a quality starter for non-title contending teams.
However, another guy who’s joined and made a big sacrifice for a chance to win a title is Blake Griffin.
The 11-year veteran is a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA player and has been in the playoffs seven times.
Aside from that, Griffin has career averages of 21.1 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.4 APG in 49.5% FG and has identical career-averages in the Playoffs as well with 21.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.1 SPG in 49.0% FG.
He has proven in the past that he can be a very important piece of a playoff team.
However, now that he’s 32-years-old, Griffin has decided to take the back seat and come off the bench instead of starting like he used to. Injuries have slowed him down, as evidenced by a few whiffed dunk attempts, but he’s still got something left in the tank. He clearly didn’t try in Detroit, but things change when you’re actually competing for the Larry O’Brien trophy.
In his 16 games with the Nets, he’s currently averaging 9.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 2.4 APG in 49.5% FG in 21.1 MPG.
Griffin only started three games and played 14 games coming off the bench and he’s doing a great job in playing the role of sixth-man on the team.
In the three games that he started, Griffin averaged 8.6 PPG and 6.0 RPG but as an off the bench guy, he’s able to put up identical numbers with 8.7 PPG and 3.9 RPG while at the same time allowing guys like Claxton to flourish on the floor.
Griffin can provide some instant offense off the bench, which he’s shown that he’s capable off this season.
In his best game as part of the Brooklyn Nets, he had 17 points in his first game back in Detroit against the Pistons, 113-111.
In their most recent game, Griffin finished with 17 points, six rebounds and one assists with two steals and one block in 6-11 shooting from the field off the bench to help the Nets grab the 116-103 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Griffin have made the necessary adjustments but the big question is will it pay off when it matters the most? Like the Clippers, who recently signed DeMarcus Cousins for the rest of the season, the gamble is worth it. Sometimes former stars need to turn the clock back just once or twice in the playoffs to help a team win their rings.
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