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I get it, Blake Griffin is a physical specimen. He is the best ginger basketball player to surface since Brian Scalabrine. He always puts the toilet seat down. He brings your daughter home by 11 PM. You follow him on twitter, he follows you back. But what I don’t get is why the red-haired man-child continues to be viewed as an elite fantasy player when he is no more than above-average at this point of his career. The positives are obvious: high FG%, solid scoring, strong rebounding, and a nightly double-double machine. However, Griffin doesn’t contribute enough in the other facets of the game for a player being drafted so high. You can jump over a car, but you can’t you block a shot per game? Oh yeah, and we can’t ignore the giant elephant in the room: his atrocious free-throw percentage. (Bee tee dub, how was the “elephant in the room” saying created? When has there ever been an elephant ever been in a room? How would you even fit one through a door? Beats me). Griffin’s free throw struggles have been mentioned in the same breath at Dwight Howard, except Howard contributes dominant block totals and steals along with his mediocre charity stripe shooting. There is a big difference between a player helping you in five categories while hurting you in one and a player who only helps you in three categories while killing you in one.

So the question is, why is Griffin being drafted so high when his deficiencies are so glaring? The answer is simple, because of his dopalicious dunks. While his dunks are impressive, it is important to remember that they still only net you two points. People often misconstrue freakish athleticism with fantasy production when the two aren’t always connected. It’s all about the stats y’all! It’s a statistical world, and I’m a statistical girl. Now if they allowed players to dunk their free throw attempts as long as they take off from the line, then maybe Griffin’s value will increase. But until he improves his free throw shot, Griffin will continue to be overvalued on draft day. Here’s what I said about him last season, “…the scoring and rebounding numbers are awesome and all, but what else is [Griffin] really giving you? A decent FG% from a big man? A handful of assists? A FT% that only DeAndre Jordan and Andris Biedrins look up to? You know what player that sounds like? David Lee, and he won’t take a dump on your free-throw percentages either.” And that’s me quoting me copying Grey! All of that remains true going into next season. In fact, I’d rather hold off on Griffin and draft David Lee a round or two later. When it comes down to it, both of those players’ stat lines were awfully similar to each other last season, except Lee’s free throw percentage was far superior than Griffins. So why is Griffin going ahead of Lee? Are you knocking Lee down a peg because he is white, less athletic looking, and can’t jump as high? You basketball racist you!

Now I don’t want to be too negative about Griffin as he is still very young and I truly believe he will one day become a well-rounded star. But I just don’t see him making strides in his free throwing shooting, ball thievery, and shot blocking all in one season. Until he does that, I would be wary about drafting him as your first big man this season.

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  1. ChrisV

    ChrisV says:
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    A recent article in SI about Shawn Kemp name dropped Blake Griffin about 3 or 4 times. I wonder if Blake will also fizzle out by 33?

    • JashFath

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      @ChrisV, Possibly. I’m more worried about whether he will learn how to make a free throw by 33!

  2. LT

    LT says:
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    hahahahha. the 3 sentences had me dyin. Fantasy basketball needs more attention. I appreciate what ur saying here. …… at leas through the first 3 sentences. I’lll finish it now. priceless

    • JashFath

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      @LT, Thanks!

  3. Shawn says:
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    does adam still write blogs here

  4. Shawn says:
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    ps, do you even look at the stats?
    griffs blocks are up, yes, 1 block a game
    instead of trying to be funny, focus on the article thx

    • JashFath

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      @Shawn, Last time I checked, Griffin only blocked 0.7 shots per game last season. Instead of trying to be a troll, focus on learning how to read standard numbers thx.

  5. Shawn says:
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    check again bonehead
    none the less
    you write like shiiat
    seriously
    get adam back and stop trying to be funny
    ur not
    no troll
    i dont even know u or care
    just point out since u started, and adam stopped… the info here is shiitty
    WORD BRO

    • JashFath

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      @Shawn, If you aren’t a fan of my writing, that’s cool. I’m not shooting for the middle school demographic anyways. But you keep coming back and reading my articles and commenting, so thanks for the support BRO!

      • Shawn says:
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        @JashFath, sorry bro, looking close its not you I was talking about
        ChrisV… he needs some work, all around.

        • @Shawn,
          All your writing sucks.. and the jokes are even worse. Apparently yall don’t know shit about shit so please close this shit down and take one more lang. arts class before writing again…..

          • ChrisV

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            It is worse than the Holocaust. This is why 9/11 happened.

  6. Fenris-77 says:
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    This confirms a theory I’ve long held. Trolls cannot rap and shouldn’t even try.

    • JashFath

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      @Fenris-77, Ha!

  7. Tony says:
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    What do you think of Evan Turner for this upcoming season?

    I’ve got him at $9 in an 18 teamer. I’m pretty sure he’s my 4th keeper, but still a little on the fence. I know much of his value lies in his playing time…. thoughts?

    I’m defly keeping: Monta Ellis $36, Javale McGee $22, Paul George $16, and then its Turner $9, Iman Shumpert $23, Amir Johnson $12, danny green $10, or ed davis $7….?

    • JashFath

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      @Tony, I think the additions of J-Rich and Bynum will hurt Turner’s playing time, but not by much. He will still give you a little bit of everything (emphasis on little) in the 20-25 MPG he will receive so I wouldn’t blame you for keeping him at $9 in a league that deep.

      As for the other guys, Shump is too expensive, and the other three are too big of question marks at this point. I am a fan of Amir Johnson, but I think you could get him in the draft at the same price or even a discount.

  8. Fenris-77 says:
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    I think I’d keep Turner off that list at that price now that Iggy is out of Philly. He may not bust out like we’d hope, but at least now he has a real chance to, and there were some tantalizingly good performances from him last season (lines of 29/13 and 6 with 2 blocks make everyone a little wet when it comes to the hype).

    A conservative projection for him if he starts would have him go for 14/7 with 3 dimes, one steal and maybe half a block with 2.5 or 3 TOs to balance things out (and nothing worth talking about for 3s’s). That’s actually about what he did as a starter last year. More optimistically he might net you 17 and 7 with more like 4 dimes if he sees the rock more, although I wouldn’t draft him hoping for those totals.

    • JashFath

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      @Fenris-77, I think that his playing time will be an issue right off the bat. The loss of Iggy helps, but with J-Rich and Bynum in the starting lineup, Hawes will slide to the four, and Thad will eat into Turner’s minutes at the three (whereas last season, Young saw a lot of time at the four). I still see Turner in the starting lineup, but I doubt Doug Collins will have him on the court more than Thad. I see Turner having similar playing time and production to last season barring any injury to one of the starters.

      • Fenris-77 says:
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        @JashFath, I’m not going to worry too much about J-Rich. He’s doner than a shoe leather steak and was essentially just part of the price Philly paid to be able to add Bynum. He’ll play, but I don’t see him playing huge minutes. Besides, Nick Young needs a chunk of me-time at SG too, which smells like a platoon to me. Not a good one either. More like a whole lotta blah, but that’s just my two cents.

        I think you might be over-simplifying the front-court rotation there too. If Thad simply repeats his 27-ish minutes and Hawes his 25-ish minutes (split between PF and C) that leaves more than starters minutes for Bynum. Even with a little bump in tick for both Thad and Hawes Thad shouldn’t need to spend too much time at SF at all. Bynum and Thad could both play 35 minutes a night if Hawes plays 25. Anyway, I think there’s enough minutes there to keep Turner on the court at SF without too much trouble.

        • Tony says:
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          @Fenris-77, good talk guys, i love the insight. I’ve tossed the ideas around your mentioning in my head but having someone else say it makes sense. In a deep 18 teamer it’s really about minutes. Obviously you need some horses, but the guys you put in your line up HAVE TO PLAY…. Fenris-77 I think you’re very correct in that turner should get decent mins, iggy leaving will be a help. I don’t see Jrich as a huge threat. For some reason I expect Bynum to get hurt? Maybe thats just me. The talent is there I just have to hope ET gets his minutes and does something with them early on…. I think he’s the best of my keeper options and allows me the MOST money going into the live auction portion as well. THANKS GUYS I’m ready for some basketbaLL!

  9. JashFath

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    I think the additions of J-Rich and Bynum will hurt Turner’s playing time, but not by much. He will still give you a little bit of everything (emphasis on little) in the 20-25 MPG he will receive so I wouldn’t blame you for keeping him at $9 in a league that deep.

    As for the other guys, Shump is too expensive, and the other three are too big of question marks at this point. I am a fan of Amir Johnson, but I think you could get him in the draft at the same price or even a discount.

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