This season, Blake Griffin has been a star on the court. He has scored an average of 22.5 points, eight rebounds, and .3 blocks per game. His speed and versatility on the court make this five-time All-Star extremely desirable.
Last week, we learned that Blake Griffin was leaving the LA Clippers to go to the Detroit Pistons. Along with Griffin, Detroit picked up Willie Reed, Brice Johnson, and a second-round pick. They said goodbye to Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a 2018 first-round pick.
Prior to the acquisition of Griffin, the Pistons were really struggling to win games. They currently stand in 9th place in the Eastern Conference and have a record of 25-26. Before Blake Griffin came in, Detroit was in the middle of a losing streak, where they had lost eight games in a row. Griffin helped snap that streak, and the team has gone 3-0 since he has been part of the squad. Based on these results, we can say that the Pistons’ playoff chances have now increased heavily. They had a major gap in their offense, and he could be the answer they need to have a successful rest of the season and try to climb their way to the top.
For the Clippers, this trade could potentially have hurt their chances at a major playoff run. They currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference and have a record of 26-25. They have won a game and lost a game ever since the trade became official. It is still too soon to tell if they will end up being better or worse off now that they lost one of their key players. In the one game Tobias Harris has played so far with the Clippers, he played 34 minutes of the game and scored 24 points and picked up four rebounds. It will be interesting to see what he is able to do going forward and see if he will be able to mix well with the Clippers offense like he did in Detroit. If he is successful, I could see the Clippers being able to make a potential playoff run this year. Losing Griffin will definitely be a big loss, but if their new teammates can make up for the loss, then they could have a better second half of the season.
Be sure to check out these players in action as they play with their new team, and see how much of an impact they are able to make on the court. Let’s go, Blake Griffin, all eyes are on you!