Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Blake Griffin was destined for sports. Growing up, he played football, basketball and baseball. His father was a track standout. In high school, he played basketball on the same team as his older brother on the squad their dad coached. The Griffin men won two state championships together. When his brother left, Blake's school joined the 2-A division. He won two more state championships, this time in 2-A. Like his brother before him, Blake committed to the University of Oklahoma. Griffin played two stellar years at Oklahoma. In 2009, he declared for the NBA Draft. He left college as the most decorated Sooner of all time.
Blake was taken with the first pick of the 2009 draft. The Los Angeles Clippers claimed him. Knee injuries from college and NBA Summer League caused him to miss the entire 2009-10 season. Blake's rookie year is 2011. He set so many marks for rookies that year, he was the unanimous Rookie of the Year winner. Sports Illustrated named him one of the 115 best rookies of all time. Injuries, front-office turnover and personality conflicts plagued Blake's Los Angeles tenure. Midseason in 2018, Blake was dealt to the Detroit Pistons. Since the trade, Blake has come into his own. On a star-studded Detroit roster, Blake is proving his shines brightest.
Blake's time in Los Angeles could have changed him. Big cities tend to inject big fashion in superstar transplants. Not Blake. He's a country boy. Blake loves camouflage print and denim. He is the face of Levi's 502 Cut jeans. He is as famous for his humor as he is his basketball. His style is all his own, sharp, simple and classic. Blake defines his style more than his style does him.
For his sophomore year performance, Griffin swept all six of the national player of the year awards (Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, John Wooden Award and the Associated Press player of the year)
In his rookie (2011-12) year, he claimed all six Rookie of the Month awards
Blake was the first rookie voted to play in the All-Star Game by coaches since Tim Duncan in 1998