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Monday, March 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am  |  11 responses

Blake Griffin Crosses Up Jason Maxiell for Reverse (VIDEO)

He didn’t finish the play with a monster dunk — the dunking was left up to DeAndre Jordan — but Blake Griffin showed off his increasingly deadly ball handling skills.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Devin Williams

    Did we really need 5 replays tho, that shit was weak

  • Dagger

    In many respects as impressive as Jordan’s dunk. He’s come a long way. Do people even realize that his PER is higher than Kobe’s?

  • christianbullen

    holy shihhh. I didn’t know he had that in him, like at all. But I agree with dude who commented on DJ dunk vid.. I hate these lame ass clipper announcers. terrible

  • spit hot fiyah

    yeah i think people are just assuming he is having a down year because his points and rebounds are down. but he has really improved his skill set, and it feels like (haven’t looked it up) he is playing a lot less minutes this year (better overall bench and a lot of blowout wins)

  • The Fury

    Totally agree on this one, in regards to his handles though, he reminds me of CWebb.

  • James

    lmao @ how Jason Maxiell instantly looks down after getting scored on

  • Comment_System

    thats the OH! fake.

  • Dagger

    That’s nice, but we’re analyzing a player’s game here. We’re not NBA players, although many of them do use advanced statistics (Lebron is a great example). Advanced stats have never been more important both in the league (think Daryl Morey) and out of it (think Nate Silverman). Why shouldn’t we use the best tools we have available to us?

    PER is a great way of measuring offensive production. It has its flaws – which is why I didn’t say that Griffin’s higher PER made him a better player than Kobe – but it’s much more revealing than PPG or RPG. You wouldn’t have had an issue had I used those numbers, so it’s pretty ignorant for you to attack the use of PER. Especially when the guy who came up with it was just hired as VP of an elite team that has excelled since the first big decisions he influenced.

  • Mike From Spain

    He’s got the handles, he’s got the hops, he’s got the passing… he got better in the mid-range, but last time I checked he wasn’t consistent there. How’s that coming along? The ‘Blake is overrated’ crowd are running out of arguments

  • Mike From Spain

    Dagger… IIRC…you are a Mavs fan? I remember the Mavs FO used analytics heavily, and I even read Mark Cuban commenting in an analytics blog.

  • Dagger

    I’m actually a humble Raptors fan. The Mavs were definitely one of the first teams to put a lot of faith in analytics, but that was Wages of Wins. Which has its merits, but Cuban fired the guy who developed it, and I agree with many of Cuban’s points in that blog. It provides some useful insights into an individual player’s performance at any given time, but it can’t predict team success, or a player’s ultimate worth.

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