Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons’ star power forward, has been named to the 3rd Team All-NBA.
Blake Griffin is the 1st Pistons player named to an All-NBA team since Andre Drummond was also named 3rd Team All-NBA after the 2015-2016 season.
Griffin put up incredible numbers across the board. He put up a career-high 24.5 points per game to go along with 5.4 assists, 7.5 rebounds, while also shooting a carer-high 36 percent from 3-point range on seven attempts per game. Blake Griffin has been in the process of reinventing his game from the high-flying excitement of his first few years to a more all-around game that will age more gracefully. It is nice to see the rest of the league notice despite the Pistons being a mediocre team.
Griffin led the Pistons to a 41-41 record and only their second playoff appearance since 2010. Although he was injured for their four-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks, this was one of Blake Griffin’s healthiest seasons in recent memory. He played in 75 games, which is the most he has played in since 2013-2014 when he played in 80 games.
It is difficult to make an argument for Griffin over any of the other forwards on the 1st or 2nd teams ahead of him. Paul George an Giannis Antetokounmpo had MVP contending seasons and Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard both put up better seasons for better teams than Blake Griffin.
There has not been a lot to cheer for as Pistons fans in recent seasons, but seeing the new face of the franchise get recognized by the rest of the league for an honor like All-NBA is great to see. Congratulations, Blake Griffin.