No Surprise, Griffin Named Top Rookie
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will be named NBA rookie of the year on Wednesday according to various sources. Griffin has racked up quite the resume in his first full NBA season. Griffin was an NBA all-star, as well as the 2011 Slam Dunk Champion. Here is more from the AP and espn.com/losangeles, followed by more blogging from Scott.
The high-flying rookie from Oklahoma had one of the best rookie season's in NBA history. He averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists, became the first rookie to play in the All-Star Game since Yao Ming in 2003 and won the slam dunk championship.
He was so dominant, the Rookie of the Year award was a virtual lock for the last two months of the season.
"If someone doesn't vote for Blake, they haven't watched a lot of basketball," Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said before the team's season finale against the Memphis Grizzlies on April 13.
The news that Blake Griffin will be named ROY is about as surprising as someone telling me Fast Five will feature fast cars. I could have been an "unnamed source" halfway through the season and told you that Griffin was the top rookie in the league. Blake was actually set to be a rookie for the 2009-2010 season, but a serious knee injury in the preseason put him on the injured list for a season. Rehabbing the knee seems to have worked, as Griffin had one highlight reel dunk after another. Blake was not only the most dominant rookie that has come along in years, he was one of the best players in the league. Griffin gave Clipper fans something they've never had...a reason to smile.