The league had some great moments this year. It was a great season with some of the best players in the world playing every night at a high level. It exceeded every expectation of this season.
Now that it is over, let’s take a look and recognize some of the season’s top performers. Specifically, the top 50 players of this past season. Let’s continue to No. 22: Blake Griffin
No. 22: Blake Griffin
For eight years, Blake Griffin has been one of the most entertaining players in the league for the Clippers. During this season, a sudden change was made from the Clippers organization. During the trade deadline back in February, Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Tobias Harris (he is also in the top 50 best players list) and other assets. After so many years with the Clippers, they felt like it was time for change and wanted to go in a different direction. When he got traded to the Pistons, it was a better move because now, he is playing with Andre Drummond and they were a dominant force towards the end of the season, but it wasn’t enough to get into the playoffs, despite him having another great season.
When he was with the Clippers, he averaged 22.6 points and 5.4 assists per game on 44.1% shooting. For the Pistons he had 19.8 points and 6.2 assists per game on 43.3% shooting. That is still a good year playing for both teams. Blake Griffin is one of the most hard-working players in the NBA and it was very surprising when he got traded. Going to the Pistons was a better move for him because Andre Drummond is going to let him play his game. Plus, Andre Drummond is a better offensive post player than DeAndre Jordan.
For the Clippers, he had 0.3 blocks, 0.9 steals and 7.9 in total rebounds. With the Pistons he averaged 0.4 blocks, 0.4 steals and 7.9 in total rebounds. The Pistons have two all-star caliber players in the front court that not many would be able to stop. That is a dangerous front court to have and honestly, this could be a really good duo to have for the Pistons. The joy of having those two on the court at the same time is really a blessing in disguise. The Detroit Pistons are really sleeper team and they have a bunch of role players on the team that can contribute and that is great for both players.
For Detroit, Harris was a player that they did not want to trade because he was coming into his own in this league. The opportunity to trade for Blake Griffin changes that though. Griffin is in a much better situation because now he’s playing with one of the most talented centers in the league in Andre Drummond. Blake likes the move and the Pistons are another team not to sleep on.