Blake Griffin has proven to be more than a player who can excite a crowd with his imposing, savvy dunks this season, and is definitely one of the best power forwards in the NBA today. Blake is definitely one of the poster boys of the NBA due to his unique character and style of play. And even though you might be a hardcore Los Angeles Clippers fan, there are probably a lot of things that you don’t know about this 6 foot 10 powerhouse. Here are five:
- 1. He has an older brother who also made it the NBA
Not only did his older brother, Taylor Griffin, play basketball with Blake at the University of Oklahoma, but he was also drafted to the NBA the same year as Blake. In 2009, Taylor was the 48th overall pick in the NBA Draft, chosen by the Phoenix Suns in the second round. His career was not as successful as Blake’s career is, as he only averaged 1.9 points his rookie season and eventually made his way down to a few Developmental League teams before being waived by the Santa Cruz Warriors in January 2014, according to ESPN.
- 2. He was good friends with a famous, current NFL quarterback
Blake Griffin not only grew up to become a huge success, but hung out with those who were bound to triumph as well, as he was good friends with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and current star quarterback for the St. Louis Ram, Sam Bradford.
- 3. He played basketball with another Los Angeles star as a teenager
Blake Griffin also played basketball with Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Xavier Henry, who averaged a career high of 10 points this season, according to ESPN. He and Blake both played on the same Athletes First AAU Boys Basketball team when they were younger. They also used to practice together in Sam Bradford’s father’s gym.
- 4. He excelled in other sports as well during his childhood days
Not only was Blake efficient on the court, but he also had skills on the field. Blake Griffin was a first baseman in baseball, and was also a wide receiver, safety, and tight end in football. This can probably sum up why Blake is so much more athletic for his size than most power forwards are in the NBA.
- 5. Blake Griffin’s nationality
Most people look at Blake Griffin and wonder what his nationality is, and Blake Griffin finally answered that question and revealed that he is half Haitian, half Irish. His Haitian decent comes from his father, and his Irish descent comes from his mother.