Grounded Polo wrote:Griffin wasn't expected to contribute anything on the blocks before the knee surgery, no way he makes any contribution there now.
He averaged over a block per game in college, didn't block many in the summer league though. With his athleticism, I don't think it would be crazy of him to block close to 1.0 BPG. The comparison to Wallace are lofty, I will admit, but that kind of all around production wouldn't surprise me. He's been working out, last month he said the knee feels good. He's been able to go "almost full blast" for a couple months according to him, he has had alot of time off. I don't think his athleticism will fall off.
It's not really the athleticism that indicates whether or not he'll block shots. 1 BPG in college for a guy who was always the most athletic player on the court isn't really impressive, although having to shoulder the OU offensive load by himself does cut him some slack. Most experts never saw Griffin as a shot blocker because his arms are really short, just doesn't have the absurd wingspan found with most shot blockers. Most of the top shot blockers have a standing reach of 9'2" or better (Al Jeff, Dwight, for example, there are loads of examples on Draft Express if you want to look, can't name others because they haven't been drafted), Blake was only 8'9". Tyreke Evans, a guard, measured 8'8". He can't just dominate by pure athleticism every night now, would be difficult for him to average 1 a night if swingmen have comparable wingspans to him. Griffin was generally expected to look like Carlos Boozer statistically if he reached his ceiling.
I don't think he was a bad pick here, he was in my general top 10 guys available, just thought the blocks part wasn't being realistic.