Blake Griffin was worth the wait

Blake Griffin’s rookie season was something special to watch.

Griffin, who finished second in the NBA in dunks and was the unofficial leader in SportsCenter top plays, proved to be more than just a highlight reel.

Blake Griffin


He was one of only four players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds this season, having averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. He's the first rookie since Elton Brand in 1999-2000 to do so, and just the fifth in the past 20 seasons.

Griffin had 47 games this season in which he scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds, tied with Dwight Howard for the league lead. (According to the Elias Sports Bureau, you have to go all the way back to Elvin Hayes playing for the San Diego Rockets in 1968-69 to find the last rookie to lead the league in 20-point, 10-rebound games.)

Most 20-Pt, 10-Reb Games

Rookies Last 25 Seasons

The only other rookie in the shot-clock era to have led the league in 20-point, 10-rebound games was Wilt Chamberlain, who did so with 71 such games during the 1959-60 season.

In the past 25 seasons only two other players, Shaquille O’Neal (52 in 1992-93) and David Robinson (46 in 1989-90), had 40 such games their rookie season.

With his Rookie of the Year Award, Griffin joined Robinson (1989-90), Larry Bird (1979-80) and Jerry Lucas (1963-64) as the only players to win the award in a different season than the one in which they were drafted.