To add to this, I've had a feeling so far this season, from the few Clippers games I've caught, that the rise in Deandre Jordan's popularity places a small chip on Blake's shoulders as well. That's not to say Deandre Jordan is endangering Blake Griffin's job, just that it certainly does help to have terrific players like him, Chris Paul, and Jamal Crawford around whose presence holds his development accountable. Not so sure that's a privilege Kevin Love has.BlakeJesus said:It's one of those things where people are going to be on both sides of this argument, and both sides are going to feel pretty good about their opinion. His physical skills are off the charts, his ballhandling ability for somebody his size is INCREDIBLE, and he is extremely creative finishing around the rim. But people who think he is what he is do not see him developing his jump shot, and don't see him improving on defense.
With that said, and it's pretty obvious, I'm on the same side with everybody who thinks he's going to keep developing. He works hard, he has the tools, Chris Paul is a fantastic guy to have around keeping him honest, and frankly I think he wants it. He showed some heart playing against Zach Randolph in the playoffs, even though Randolph beat up on him at times. His defense just needs to be properly motivated, because he can play defense when he's 100% into it. Even if this is who he is, he's an exciting and appreciable player. Franchise Player is probably a bit strong, but you can win a championship with him as your 2nd best player already in my opinion.
Because there are two different NBAs and it is funny that the opinions on Blake Griffin changed when he transitioned to the other NBA. Playing meaningless 82 game seasons in which your opponents don't take you seriously is very different then the expectations upon Blake Griffin. As such both players are being compared in totally different situations. What is lost on people is that Blake Griffin performed as well as Love did last year except he was doing it in a vastly more challenging situation.:gay: Care to say why