Blake Griffin shoots better, dribbles better and passes better.
Without question, the Clippers forward is more skilled than his first few NBA seasons.
But I’m not sure he’s more productive.
Griffin’s ability to get dunks – the highest-percentage shot in basketball – should not be underappreciated. Though many put more stock in a player having a wider arsenal of skills, there’s much to be said for perfecting the fewer skills that matter most. Every time Griffin shoots a mid-range jumper or drives and kicks to a teammate, he’s bypassing a potential dunk opportunity.
Sure, sometimes dunks aren’t available, and Griffin’s ability to make other plays is helpful. But has he gone too far with those other plays? His dunks are way down this season:
This trend is not because defenses are taking away his dunks. Griffin has chose to play a different style.
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