When Blake Griffin entered the NBA, he was still relatively raw. He had trouble with any shot beyond five feet. His footwork was laughable. And his defense? Well, it left a lot to be desired. But man, could he dunk.
Now in his fourth season, Griffin has matured into an all-around talent, but that apparently hasn’t appeased teammate Chris Paul who according to Ric Bucher wishes Griffin was more like his former teammate, David West:
There was a time when creating a better fit would’ve meant dealing Jordan, but that was before he emerged as a triple-double threat in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Griffin’s curse is that the value of his unique strengths among big men—ballhandling and passing—is minimized by Paul’s dominance of the ball. Paul, sources say, sees Jordan as a younger version of his lanky center in New Orleans, Tyson Chandler, and wishes Griffin were more like his New Orleans power forward, David West.
Bucher, famous for his time on ESPN does have respect around the league, so it’s a bit strange to see such a strange suggestion.
West and Paul of course worked extremely well together in New Orleans, but both Paul and Griffin has become a force of their own with the Clippers. And frankly, as long as Griffin continues to grow and mature – he’ll be as well rounded as West and far better in the long run.