Here is the back story. The Clippers are a franchise that’s reached some regular season success but has never translated in the playoffs and they’ve never met their ultimate goal of reaching the conference finals.
During this CP3-Griffin saga, we had doubts of the Clippers ever making a deep, successful playoff run. However, during the summer of 2011 and at the beginning of the 2017 season, the Clippers were the short favorites to make the finals and take the West by beating superior teams; but that was a dream. LA came up short in 2014 and 2015, getting bounced out in the second round in an embarrassing fashion as the ultimate result.
How did this successful yet failed saga end? With a blockbuster trade that sent the main engineer named Chris Paul to Houston to form arguably the most talented backcourt in history with James Harden. Everything seemed to be destined to a downfall in a deep pit for the Clippers. But they aren’t a sinking ship quite yet. They just met their lord and savior Jerry West and still have complimentary pieces around Blake Griffin, who will be the star to build around.
Blake Griffin should be better with Chris Paul off the floor. His APG production will increase and his point production as well. He has improved as a mid-range shooter and playmaker over the years, no longer is he labelled as a “just a dunker” who caught lobs from Chris Paul. He’s a rare breed of players with tremendous athleticism and solid basketball fundamentals.
His APG did drop from 4.0 APG when CP3 was on the floor to 1.7 when CP3 was off the floor but don’t let these stats fool you thinking Blake will become a lousy playmaker
It’s time for Doc Rivers to unleash point Blake. How does this work? a typical thing to have in an offense is a playmaker dishing the ball to the surrounding shooters beyond the arc. I’ve seen this millions of times. Put Blake Griffin at the top of the elbow and surround him shooters that can weave and run their way around the court. New pickups in Beverly and Lou Williams are familiar with this, and they will play in a similar situation except Blake is dishing the dimes.
He hasn’t shaken off the injury bug quite yet but it’s obvious to point out Blake’s increased stats will correlate with his increased role. The Clippers chances of missing the playoffs are inevitable but if they stay afloat and Griffin stat line is eye grabbing then we got ourselves a MVP contender.
The current reigning MVP won by having a tremendous stat line and carrying an entire team’s offense. Blake can have similar success.