Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin Developing Consistent Jumper


Nov 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) is defended by Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves 101-95. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Blake Griffin came into the league just four years ago as a high-motor big, who ran the floor and could finish at the rim. His defense was average and he was a solid rebounder.

But the area where Griffin really struggled was facing up against opponents on the offensive end, and hitting jump shots consistently.

According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times though, Griffin might have finally found his rhythm in terms of hitting his jumpers:

“Most of the time now when I shoot, when I mess up, I hold the ball a little too long, especially on the way down,” Griffin said. “My posture is a lot better as far as going straight up and down. Sometimes I hold the ball back a little too far, but coming back too far is minor. The thing I’m really working on now is trying to shoot on the way up.”

It’s not just in his head either.

Griffin’s numbers are significantly better this season versus his previous two years, according to HoopsData.

He’s shooting 51 percent from 3-9 feet, 33 percent from 10-15 feet and 44 percent from 16-23 feet, all career-highs.

Griffin is taking fewer shots across the board, which means he’s scoring less. But he’s been more efficient with the ball and that’s all that matters.

His field goal percentage is down as well, which really only is reflective from his ability to finish at the rim this year.

If Griffin can continue to develop his game from a rim smasher to an all-around offensive threat, the Clippers will be a major threat in the West for years to come.

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