When Blake Griffin came into the league with the LA Clippers, he was one of the most electric superstars in NBA history. The former No. 1 overall pick made five All-Star teams with the Clippers and won the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year Award. Griffin also dunked on half of the league and jumped over a car during the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest.
Due to his high-flying playstyle on the Clippers, though, Griffin put a lot of pressure on his knees, which is why the Oklahoma native has undergone multiple knee surgeries. Now on the Detroit Pistons, Griffin is a complete shell of himself and no longer an effective NBA player. It has been sad to watch one of the most exciting players in league history barely be able to run up and down the court.
The Pistons, one of the worst teams in the NBA, recently played the Miami Heat and Blake Griffin struggled mightily, so much so that Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid had a field day for 48 minutes.
Blake Griffin scored five points against the Heat in 35 minutes
The Pistons lost to the Heat by a final score of 113-107 on Monday. Blake Griffin played 35 minutes and finished with just five points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field. He shot 1-of-6 from beyond the arc and committed three fouls.
During the 2018-19 season, Griffin put up stellar numbers for the Pistons. He averaged 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists while shooting 46.2% from the field, 36.2% from beyond the 3-point line, and 75.3% from the charity stripe. The Pistons, who acquired Griffin from the Clippers in 2017-18, finally had a franchise player to build around.
Unfortunately, Griffin’s high usage rate wasn’t kind to his knees. He suffered an injury to his left knee and could only play in two playoff games against the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2019 postseason. After the Pistons got swept in the first round, Griffin underwent left knee surgery.
During the 2019-20 season, Griffin appeared in only 18 games before going under the knife again. His left knee was still acting up, and the former high-flyer decided to have season-ending surgery. Whatever injury Griffin suffered near the end of the 2018-19 season was career-ending for him, as he hasn’t been able to recover from it.
Usually, the opposing team’s TV announcers try and say a few nice things about the players they are watching on the other team. However, Heat play-by-play legend Eric Reid didn’t follow that protocol on Monday against Blake Griffin and the Pistons.
Eric Reid roasted Blake Griffin non-stop during the Pistons-Heat game
Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid went after Blake Griffin non-stop during Miami’s win over Detroit on Monday. From pointing out how Griffin couldn’t post up Duncan Robinson to calling the Pistons forward an “old 31,” Reid didn’t shy away from roasting Griffin at every turn.
Reid pointed out how Griffin was “camped out on the 3-point line” and couldn’t do anything else at one point in the game. He was ripping Griffin the entire contest, and some Heat fans wondered if the veteran TV personality had a personal agenda against the former Clippers superstar.
In 10 games this season, Blake Griffin is averaging 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He’s shooting 38.3% from the floor, 31.0% from beyond the arc, and 67.9% from the free-throw line. Griffin is making $36.6 million from the Pistons. He has the worst contract in the NBA.
No team is going to trade for a washed-up player with a monster contract
The Pistons won’t find a trade partner for Blake Griffin. They are stuck with him, likely for another year after this season as well. Griffin has a player option worth $38.9 million for 2021-22, and he will surely pick it up since he can’t get that type of money on the open market.
Injuries have robbed basketball fans of watching Griffin play at an elite level near the end of his career. It has been really tough to watch, especially since Griffin is a great guy and teammate.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.