Blake Griffin Named As 2011 NBA Rookie of the YearCategory: Basketball
In a unanimous vote, Blake Griffin is chosen as the best rookie for the 2010-11 NBA season bagging the Rookie of the Year Award.
Selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, he was sidelined for a year when he broke his left kneecap during the Clippers’ final exhibition game against New Orleans. So technically, he is still a rookie coming into this season.
Nicknamed as the High Griffinition, he is known for his highlight-reel dunks (see here, and here). Griffin has the statistics to back up his rookie campaign as well averaging 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while playing in all 82 games.
Here are interesting facts about Griffin’s ROY season:
* Griffin received every first-place vote from a panel of 118 media members, easily outdistancing Washington’s John Wall – 1st pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The Clippers’ 22-year-old power forward is the first unanimous choice since San Antonio’s David Robinson in 1990, and just the third in NBA history after Ralph Sampson in 1984. New Orleans’ Chris Paul came close in 2006, missing by one vote.
* Griffin was the NBA’s fourth-leading rebounder and the 12th-leading scorer while leading all rookies in scoring and rebounding.
* He had 63 double-doubles (third-most in the NBA, including 27 straight) and single-handedly made the LA Clippers watchable leading his team to a 32-50 record.
* Griffin was named the Western Conference’s Rookie of the Month six times, becoming the first player to sweep that award since Chris Paul did it with New Orleans in 2005-06.
* Had career highs of 47 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists and posted two triple-doubles (33 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists on March 23, 2011 and 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on April 14, 2011.
* Named as a reserve on the West All-Star team, becoming the first rookie All-Star in eight years – since Yao Ming in 2008.
* The first Clippers player to win the award since the star-crossed franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984. Terry Cummings won it with the San Diego Clippers after the 1982-83 season, while Adrian Dantley, Bob McAdoo and Ernie DiGregorio won the award during a five-year stretch with the Buffalo Braves, who moved to San Diego in 1978.
Griffin received a maximum 590 points in the voting, while Wall had 91 of the 118 second-place votes to finish with 295 points. New York’s Landry Fields received 12 second-place votes and 62 points, but finished fourth in the overall voting behind Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, who got 11 second-place votes and 81 points. San Antonio’s Gary Neal and Detroit’s Greg Monroe were the only other rookies receiving votes.
Check out this video highlights of Blake Grifffin’s top 10 plays from his rookie season:
Here’s a compilation of Griffin’s dunks, all 214 of them: