‘Made it Sweeter’- Blake Griffin Recalls Vicious Poster Dunk on Kendrick Perkins

Published 03/10/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) passes the ball as he is covered by New York Knicks forward Obi Toppin (1) during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Blake Griffin will go down in NBA history as one of the most exciting dunkers the game has ever seen. While Griffin hasn’t dunked since 2019 and has struggled with a lot of injuries in the last few seasons, Griffin was a monster in his prime. After all, one doesn’t jump over a car at a dunk contest if they didn’t have extreme hops.

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Due to Griffin’s talents, many players have been unfortunate enough to end up on a poster under Griffin. Everyone knows the infamous Timofey Mozgov dunk, but another one of his best dunks came against now ESPN Analyst Kendrick Perkins. Griffin has said that the Perkins dunk is probably one of his favorites, and Perkins’s angry demeanor is what made it sweeter.

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Prime Blake Griffin was easily one of the most exciting players in the NBA. The former number one overall pick was expected to have a career full of success. However, Griffin has fallen short of the high expectations set for him. He never became an MVP or an NBA Champion but has left behind an iconic highlight package full of dunks and other acrobatic moments.

Blake Griffin: Will he find his dunking form with the Brooklyn Nets?

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The question of whether Blake Griffin can’t dunk anymore or doesn’t dunk anymore is an important one. Griffin has suffered a whole host of knee injuries over his career, which have affected his athleticism. He now functions as a shooter and passer, but not a very efficient one. However, with him now being the fourth option at best, his skills will shine more.

Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) controls the ball during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

If motivation is a factor, Griffin may just graze the rim again this season. He will get more open driving lanes in this system, as teams will have to double coverage on the perimeter to contain Brooklyn’s other scorers in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden.

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Blake is a more than useful player still. Considering the value of his minimum contract, there is very little pressure on Griffin to produce at the level he once did. If he can somehow start defending better and make shots when counted on, the Nets will be easy title favorites.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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