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Blake Griffin

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Blake Griffin
Griffin with the Brooklyn Nets in 2022
Personal information
Born (1989-03-16) March 16, 1989 (age 35)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma[1]
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2009–2023
PositionPower forward
Career history
20092018Los Angeles Clippers
20182021Detroit Pistons
20212022Brooklyn Nets
2022–2023Boston Celtics

Blake Austin Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is an American former professional basketball player. He played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics.

Griffin played college basketball for two years at the University of Oklahoma, then decided to enter the NBA Draft.

During his NBA career, Griffin was a 6× NBA All-Star, the 2011 Rookie of the Year, and the winner of the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion.[2][3]

NBA career[change | change source]

In the 2009 NBA Draft, the Clippers chose him with the first pick. However, Griffin broke a kneecap during the preseason and missed the entire 2009-2010 season.[4] He finally played his first regular season NBA game on October 27, 2010. Griffin scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds, although the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 98-88.[5]

Griffin quickly became known as a hard working player and a good dunker. He was chosen to be in the slam dunk contest during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, and was also chosen to play in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.[6]

On April 16, 2024, Griffin announced that he was retiring from playing professional basketball.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Player Bio: Blake Griffin". SoonerSports.com. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  2. "Tony Hawk: Ride". National Basketball Association. Archived from the original on April 29, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. "Blake Griffin leaps car, wins slam dunk contest over JaVale McGee". ESPN. Retrieved April 16, 2024.
  4. "Blake Griffin is healthy and has rearmed the Los Angeles Clippers". October 4, 2010. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2010.
  5. Lisa Dillman (October 27, 2010). "Clippers lose opener to Trail Blazers, 98-88, despite a roaring debut for Blake Griffin". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 3, 2010.
  6. "Russell Westbrook selected to Western Conference All-Star team". dailythunder.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved February 3, 2011. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)
  7. "Blake Griffin announces retirement from NBA after 14 years". ESPN. Retrieved April 16, 2024.

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