nate33 wrote:Nivek wrote:It's probably time that the "Griffin is nothing more than a dunker" scouting report got an update. As noted above, he's shooting jumpers better this season than in his first two years. He's still a good passer -- third most assists per minute among PFs. Shooting and passing -- skills. Maybe his post-up game isn't smooth and pretty, but he appears to be a guy willing to work on his game. He's already improved his shooting...maybe his post-up game is next on the list.
I'd definitely take Duncan over him (for this season), but Griffin -- whatever his perceived faults -- is productive, young and appears to be improving. There aren't many PFs in the game I would take over Griffin.
I realize that it's not a good idea to make extrapolations from one game, but I gotta say that Griffin was very unimpressive against the Wizards. He was 5-18, and I know at least two of those field goals were accomplished solely by sprinting up court and outrunning the defense to get deep position against a mismatched defender. Take away those 2 buckets and he was 3-16 in the conventional half court set. Furthermore, half of his free throw attempts were "earned" via star treatment, not on the merits of the play. Basically, Nene, Seraphin and Booker owned him.
If you'd watched him against Orlando a few nights earlier, your impression would be quite different -- 30, 8 and 7, including 3-4 from 16-23 feet. He likely looked better last night when he went for 26, 13 and 8 against Golden State.
Your first sentence is correct.