Associated Press source reports that Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Blake Griffin will be named the 2010-2011 Rookie of the Year (ROY) as early as Wednesday.
On athleticism and talent alone, Blake Austin Griffin, 22, has put Los Angeles Clippers basketball on the map by capturing the imagination of countless of basketball fans around the world. For his efforts, Griffin is set to be named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year (ROY) as early as Wednesday.
Griffin was selected 1st overall by the Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft, but missed the entire 2009-2010 NBA season after breaking his left kneecap in his team’s final preseason game. He made his debut against the Portland Trailblazers on October 27, 2010 and wasted little time announcing his NBA arrival by scoring his first career points off an alley-oop dunk.
The Griffin “dunkfest” didn’t end there as the Los Angeles Clippers forward/center finished second to Orlando’s Dwight Howard in total dunks with 214 (Blake averaged about 2.6 dunks per contest).
Griffin averaged 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists over 82 games this season.
Addendum: Blake Griffin is the first unanimous Rookie of the Year choice in 21 years. He joins “The Admiral” David Robinson and Ralph Sampson as the only members of this elite club.