Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 12:30 pm  |  41 responses

(UPDATE) Blake Griffin: 2011 NBA Rookie of the Year

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

When it comes to the NBA’s major awards so far this season, the element of surprise has been sorely lacking. And the trend continues with the Rookie of the Year.

Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers’ absurdly spectacular forward, will accept the award today, an honor that was basically his to lose since he registered his first earth-shaking dunk this year.

The Clippers have a press conference set up to announce an award of some kind this afternoon, and there’s no doubt as to who will be the recepient of it.

From the LA Times:

Clippers power forward Blake Griffin will be named NBA rookie of the year, following in the footsteps of current stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose. The award will be announced Wednesday, according to a league official familiar with the voting who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Griffin is the fifth player in franchise history to win the rookie award. Terry Cummings won it in the 1982-83 season with the San Diego Clippers, and Adrian Dantley, Ernie DiGregorio and Bob McAdoo won it as Buffalo Braves before the franchise moved to California.

Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds a game this season and was named to the All-Star team. He also won the dunk contest on All-Star weekend.

I’m still kind of vaguely upset about how the Dunk Contest ended — really, jumping over the hood of a Kia? — but that’s the only complaint anyone could possibly have about Blake Griffin’s rookie season.

He was dominant, and has Clippers fans filled with hope going forward for the first time since, well, ever.

UPDATE: NBA.com has the final voting numbers:

Player, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total Points
Derrick Rose, Chicago 113 6 2 1182
Dwight Howard, Orlando 3 57 31 16 11 643
LeBron James, Miami 4 26 39 31 12 522
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers 1 18 32 40 12 428
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 6 10 20 38 190
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas 5 3 11 30 113
Dwyane Wade, Miami 1 1 2 6 24
Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 2 6 20
Amar’e Stoudemire, New York 1 4 9
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers 1 5
Rajon Rondo, Boston 1 5
Tony Parker, San Antonio 1 3
Chris Paul, New Orleans 2 2
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  • Benn0


  • Pippen Ain’t Easy

    MVP, 6th Man, ROY, DPOY, all done. Now for the NBA’s 12 Man of the Year, for the 12th man on the bench. They say it’s Mbenga Vs. Perennial 12th Man Winner Brian “Ginger” Scalabrine

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    no suprise here, it should be anonymous, he was amazing. Best PF in the league in 2 years.

  • Josh

    whos better now?

  • eugene

    i think you ment unanimous.

  • Benji

    I think you ‘ment’ meant.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Well done Blake. I’d love to see him develop a more consistent back to the basket move a la Dwight Howard. This kid is gonna be scary.

  • http://twitter.com/smk73 smk73

    He better take the trophy and dunk it.

  • arthur


  • J.C.

    @Jahmai: Unanimous.
    Well deserved, he’s a beast but hopefully next season dude focuses on playing some defense rather than leaking on every possession to get fast-break dunks. He’s done enough to prove himself as a star, now it’s time he got his team some wins.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    Suprise suprise.

  • robb

    He should dunk over his trophy so T-mobile could make a TV spot out of it.

  • KC

    screw the dunk contest. He was banging on people necks the whole season!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    since when is the roty announced after mvp?

  • James


  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I take Mbenga as 12th man of the year cause he can beat the ish outta everyone.
    Also, shoud’ve been John Wall’s throphy, Blake aint no rook.
    I also say Blake will be in the top 10 nbaplayers in about 2 years

  • irondan21

    The 2009 draft class has 2 roy winners while the 2010 class has 0. Wtf?

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    The only question was who would finish second in the voting, Cousins or WAll? Can we get that info, Slam?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Wall should have won MVP. I don’t at all agree with giving it to a guy who had a whole year to participate in NBA activities and devote his life to being a professional athlete. You wouldn’t have considered him a rookie had he played 1 minute in the league the season before, and he has literally gone through 2 training camps and summers as a professional basketball player.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk


  • mj23

    imao i am suprised but for real now:) blake needs to work on his defens no jumpshot defens first he cant defend plus with his athletic abilyty he should be a prety good defender at age of 22
    guy like lebron at age of 22 was leading the cavs to the finals he needs to step up the D!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Landry Fiel…..nevermind. F it. CONGRATS BLAKE. being in L.A. I was able to see Blake all the time. that december game vs the Knicks was just amazing. and his month stretch late december-january was just magnificent.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I disagree Sooper. It would be unfair to take Blake out of the running just because he was injured.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    But why does he have to be eligible for the award? It really doesn’t mean anything whether he wins it or not. And the only aspect of his that was a rookie was that he hadn’t played in a regular season game, other then that he was in no way a rookie. 90% of the rookie experience was over with for Blake Griffin before this season even started

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    irondan has a good point.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    You’re saying him winning the ROY wasn’t important to him?

  • bashmo

    I really really REALLY didn’t see this coming

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    maybe it was maybe it wasn’t. Is that relevant? I’m saying what does the award matter if we are going to give it to a guy whose literally in his second year in the league. He’s not a rookie by any measure other then games played. Spent a year in a professional locker room, learning the professional system. Understanding the travel, the long season. Who wants the award should not factor into who gets it, it should be about having the best rookie campaign, Blake Griffin’s was cut short before his first game, but that doesn’t mean he should hold over as a rookie. He won rookie of the year, but his player card says 2 years pro. That doesn’t make not a damn bit of sense.

  • Oh Nose

    deserved if he played last year..don’t think he should be qualified for this year. Oh well

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    I see where you’re coming from and can somewhat agree, but where I’m coming from is to take a young man’s chances at winning a prestigious award due to circumstances that he could not control would be incredibly unfair.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Your also taking the chance of someone from 2010′s draft winning the award away by making a 2nd year pro eligible.


    Congrats Blake. Well deserved. It was yours from the get-go. Hands down!

  • http://dude Chukaz

    How cares who won ROY? OSAMA’S DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • http://nba.com EJ

    Blake’s been dunking all year, Osama on the other hand hadn’t really done anything in years.

  • bike

    The reason Blake won the ROY is because of his explosive athletic ability. He has a very high ratio of fast-twitch to slow_twitch muscle fibers. Which is unusual for a guy who is half white.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ^ hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha I can’t believe I just read that.

  • gaber

    Blake most improved player ;)

  • el_larsen

    thanks blake.you actually made me see all 82 clippers game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i ll never forget this game vs the knicks

  • Joon

    not surprised! good on ya

  • Mike From Spain

    @nbk, what can’t you believe, the Osama comment or the one about half whites?

  • George

    The dunk contest? Griffin doesn’t deserve it! No originality at all, just a copycat. He won because of the prop? Or Stern really want him to win. Oh! Well can’t argue with the commissioner.