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Blake Griffin to be announced as Rookie of Year on Wednesday

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Here is the only bit of suspense about this announcement: Is it unanimous? And if it’s not, would the person who thinks Blake Griffin is not rookie of the year like to explain themselves.

The Clippers have called for a “major announcement” Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, which will certainly be Griffin winning the award.

John Wall will likely come in a distant second. But this season it should be distant.

Griffin was a 20-and-10 guy as a rookie, averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game on 50.1 percent shooting.

Griffin fast became a star as a dunking YouTube sensation. With good reason — the man can dunk. In game, we’re not talking the over-the-car crap. We’re taking about destroying guys in games.

But if you think he can only dunk, you weren’t watching.

Griffin has handles. He is incredibly patient when he gets the ball in the post and if you bring the double he’s a surprisingly good passer as a rookie. His midrange game needs work, but it improved as the year went on. As did his defense.

In a league filled with people who won the genetic lottery, Griffin is a freak athlete. But he’s more than that, and he’s a guy with a crazy work ethic. Which means he’s only going to get a lot better.

It was a Clippers game so the best dunk was… Dwight Howard’s? Yup.

Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3
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The last five seasons, Dwight Howard has led the league in most dunks in a season. This season, Blake Griffin is pushing him.

Tuesday night, Howard taught the Clipper rookie a few lessons — about protecting the rim, about the need to diversify his offensive game (although Griffin is getting there fast), about passing out to open shooters. Oh, and this is how you dunk, young man.

Great assist by Jameer Nelson, too. Well, maybe not the best pass ever but when you have Howard to go get the rock it doesn’t have to be.

Trick shots at home with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

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Don’t go there with the “they should make more shots in the game” comments. Blake Griffin took time out from hanging in front of the television watching SportsCenter (“Hey, there I an again!”) to go shoot trick shots for your entertainment.

You should thank them. Then you should watch the video.