Blake Griffin took home the 2010-11 NBA Rookie of the Year Award Wednesday to become the first unanimous choice since David Robinson 21 years ago. Griffin’s 118 first place votes (590 total points) beat out fellow rookies John Wall (295) and DeMarcus Cousins (81).
Griffin, who sat out the 2009-10 NBA season after suffering a fractured left patella (knee cap) the day before the season was set to begin, certainly made up for lost time, coming out of the gate strong with 20 points and 14 rebounds in his debut against the Portland Trailblazers on Oct. 27.
Griffin played all 82 games this season, averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds in 38 minutes per game while helping the Clippers to a 32-50 record. Despite being a double-double machine, finishing the season with 63 (1st among rookies and 3rd in NBA), Griffin became known for his high-flying dunks. He ended the season with a total of 214 dunks, second behind Dwight Howard’s 227.
Throughout the season we saw that Griffin was more than just a basketball player, he is also a jokester with quite a sense of humor. He took part in Peter Mehlman’s Narrow World of Sports as well as Comedy Central’s “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald.” In fact, when Griffin accepted his Rookie of the Year Award MacDonald was a member of the media there to ask questions, which Griffin played along with.
Griffin also took home all six Western Conference Rookie of the Month Awards during the season and won the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest after jumping over a Kia Optima.
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