Player: Blake Griffin
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Blake Griffin is other-worldly. He’s part of that special group of NBA players – the kind who are so athletic, they’re a whole class above the merely “incredibly athletic” guys in the League. Last year, night-in-and-night-out, he made plays you absolutely had to watch the next day. And, beyond the phenomenon, he was a really good basketball player. He posted 22.5 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists a game. He was the first rookie to be named to the All-Star team since 2003, when Yao Ming made the first of his yearly appearances.
And, just as an added bonus, he’s an incredible passer – his assist total was second in the league among big men. The man’s absurd. Missing a season of Blake Griffin would be a tragedy. — Ben Lampin