Blake Griffin, popularly known by his nickname “High Griffinition” is an American professional basketball player. He now plays in the NBA for Detroit Pistons. In any conversation with regards the bigwigs of the NBA, Blake Griffin is always mentioned. This is a testament to the incredible skills and powerful dunks he wields. The multiple All-Star is indeed one of NBA’s greatest of all time. We consider the life of this spectacular basketballer in our Blake Griffin Biography facts, Childhood and Personal life.

Blake Griffin Biography Facts

Full Name Blake Austin Griffin
Nickname High Griffinition
Birthday March 16 1989 (age 29)
Place of Birth Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States of America
Nationality American
Height 6 feet, 10 inches
Shoe Size 17
Weight 251 lbs (114 kg)
Education Oklahoma Christian School, University of Oklahoma
Parents Tommy Griffin (Father), Gail Griffin (Mother)
Spouse
Children Finley Elaine Griffin (Daughter), Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin (Son)
Net Worth $30 million
Occupation Basketball Player
Playing Career 2009 – present
Zodiac Sign Pisces

Blake Griffin Childhood and Early Life

Blake Griffin childhood photo with his mother
Blake Griffin childhood photo as a toddler and his mother, Gail Griffin

Born on March 16, 1989, in Oklahoma City to Tommy Griffin (father) and Gail Griffin (mother), Blake played basketball in the gym owned by his father. Before giving up everything else and venturing into basketball, Griffin played baseball as a first baseman and football as a wide receiver, safety and tight end.

On the right is Blake Griffin in baseball jersey
From the right is Blake Griffin in a baseball jersey and his older brother, Taylor. He gave up baseball for basketball as he grew older.

Griffin played basketball in Oklahoma Christian School under his father in 2003. He played along with his brother, Taylor and won two state basketball championships. In the summer of 2005, Blake was a member of the Athletics first AAU team. After winning a third consecutive championship, Blake was named The Oklahoman Player of the Year and to the Tulsa World Boys All-State First Team. After his senior year, Blake was named Player of the Year by both the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman. He was also named to the Oklahoma Boys All-State First team, EA Sports All-American Second Team and Parade All-American Third Team. Blake was selected to the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-American teams. He was rated the nation’s 13th best high school senior by HoopScoop, 20th by scout.com and 23rd by Rivals.com.

Blake Griffin playing for Oklahoma Christian School
Blake Griffin playing for Oklahoma Christian School where he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American team.

Blake Griffin Basketball Career

College Career

Griffin was one of Oklahoma’s highest rated and most decorated recruit. In his freshman year, he was a first-team all-district pick by the USBWA and NABC. He was also named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and to the first-team All-Big selection by league coaches and Associated Press. Griffin was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2008 NBA draft but return to college to give himself time to mature and help Oklahoma win the NCAA championship. Griffin had a successful run in his sophomore year, which helped him claim all six of the national player of the year award.

Blake Griffin Dunks in a game for the Oklahoma in 2009
A rare photo of Blake Griffin Dunking in a game for Oklahoma in 2009. Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated.

Professional career

Los Angeles Clippers (2009–2018)

Griffin gave up his final two years of college eligibility and declared for the NBA draft after his sophomore year. He announced the move on April 7, 2009. His decision was aired nationally on ESPNews. The LA Clippers selected him as its first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. He played in the Los Angeles Clippers Summer League where he was named MVP. He, however, sustained an injury in his kneecap in the Clippers final preseason game. The injury delayed his NBA début for seven weeks. It was discovered that his knee was not properly recovered after developing a stress fracture. He had surgery on his kneecap in January 2010, which ruled him out of the 2009–2010 season.

Griffin was still considered a rookie in the 2010–2011 season after missing the entire 2009-2010 season. He made his NBA début in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He was voted to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game by coaches as a reserve on the Western Conference team. He also played in the 2011 Rookie Challenge and then won the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during the All-Star break. Griffin also won all six of the Western Conference Rookie of the Month honours, becoming the first rookie to claim an entire season Rookie of the Month award since Chris Paul in the 2005–2006 season. At the end of the season, Blake led the rookies in points, rebounds and double-doubles which helped him in claiming the Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first unanimous since David Robinson in 1990. He was also the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. After his successful rookie season, Sports Illustrated ranked him among its “NBA’s 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time”.

In the 2011–2012 season, he was voted as a starter in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, and as a participant in the inaugural Rising Stars Challenge. He along with Chris Paul helped the Clippers to the Playoffs, where they were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round. He earned his All-NBA Second Team for the first time. On July 10, 2012, Griffin agreed to a 5-year contract extension worth $95 million with the Clippers. Griffin also was selected to the Team USA set to compete in the 2012 London Olympics but was replaced after sustaining an injury during training.

He was voted as a starter to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game by fans. At the end of the 2012–2013 campaign, he was named to the All-NBA Second Team. In the 2013–2014 season under a new leadership, Griffin was voted as a starter in the NBA All-Star Game, marking is fourth consecutive All-Star appearance and his third straight start. The LA Clippers advanced to the playoffs beating Golden State Warriors before losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the semi-finals. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team for the third consecutive year. He finished third in the MVP voting in that season.

In the 2015–2016 season, Griffin was ruled out indefinitely with a partially torn left quadriceps precisely on December 26. He was set to return to action in January 2017 but was ruled out again for about six weeks due to a right-hand injury he suffered from hitting a member of the Clippers equipment staff. Griffin was absent from 45 games as a result of injuries and suspensions.  On February 7, Griffin had surgery which sidelined him for 20 games. He was ruled out for the rest of the 2017 NBA playoff as a result of an injury on his toe. Griffin resigned a five-year, $173 million contract with the Clippers in July 2017. Griffin was ruled out for two months after suffering a sprain against the LA Lakers but was returned earlier than expected on December 29.

Griffin dunking in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest
Griffin’s elbow hangs in the rim after dunking in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Photo Credit: The Spokesman-Review

Detroit Pistons (2018–Present)

Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons on January 29, 2018. He debuted for the Piston three games later against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Blake Griffin in his debut game for the Pistons
Blake Griffin in his début game for the Pistons scoring 24 points and his team recorded a 104-102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Photo Credit: Bleacher Report.

Blake Griffin Personal life

Grizzles aside being a basketball player is an actor. He made his acting début in 2018 in the Whitney Cummings comedy, The Female Brain. He has two children, Ford Wilson Cameron-Griffin his son and daughter Finley Elaine Griffin with his longtime girlfriend Brynn Cameron. Griffin split from his girlfriend in July of 2017 and moved out of their home in Los Angeles

Griffin is reportedly dating model Kendall Jenner as at October 2017.

Griffin pictured with Kendal Jenner
Griffin pictured with Kendal Jenner, Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality star

Griffin signed with Panini America to an exclusive long-term deal that will feature his autograph and memorabilia in their products. He is a Christian. Griffin started his campaign “Dunk for Dollars” in which he donates $100 to the fight against childhood obesity for every dunks he makes during the season.

Blake Griffin Achievements and Awards

  1. NBA All-Star (2011–2015)
  2. All-NBA Second Team (2012–2014)
  3. All-NBA Third Team (2015)
  4. NBA Rookie of the Year (2011)
  5. NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2011)
  6. National college player of the year (2009)
  7. Consensus first-team All-American (2009)
  8. Big 12 Player of the Year (2009)
  9. No. 23 retired by University of Oklahoma
  10. McDonald’s All-American (2007)

Blake Griffin Quotes

Sometimes you just have to calm down a little bit and let the system work itself out.

We can’t have the mindset of becoming complacent with losing.

Basketball is basketball, but with each level, there’s new challenges and new things you have to pick up.

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