Posts Tagged ‘Blake Griffin’

Best of FOTB – Volume 1

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

In First Off The Bench’s first year, we managed to unleash about 50 articles into the wild. We’re proud of the effort our writers (mostly Matt) put in to keeping the site active, and we’ve enjoyed making a connection with some random sports fans across the globe. Here are our picks for the “essential” articles from Year 1 of FOTB, sorted by author.

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2010-2011 NBA Players Awards: Through Matt’s Eyes

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, so before the NBA season officially ends, before the individual player awards are handed out, and before the First Off The Bench Playoff Preview Podcast is released, I thought that I should let you know who I thought was at the top of the class for the 2010-2011 season.

I will start with the least obvious/controversial picks and go from there.

Rookie of the Year:

Blake Griffin

Do I even have to waste any of your time explaining this one? DeMarcus Cousins proved that he can play the power forward position that everyone thought he could, but also proved to everyone that he was the head case everyone thought he was. John Wall was injured for most of the season and when he did play he was turnover prone on a horrible team. Read more…

Why I’m Up in the Air with Blake Griffin

March 8, 2011 1 comment

I’ll be the first to say Earthquake Blake is overrated.  His game resembles that of a caveman who stumbled across a ball and a hoop, basically his fundamentals are weak is what I’m trying to say.  Barkley seems to be receiving royalties every time he says Griffin doesn’t yet know how to play basketball on television because I alone have heard him say it at least thrice.  So admittedly I steal that notion from him because as overstated as it has become it is incredibly accurate.  The guy operates a hundred percent on pure athleticism and raw talent which is suppose is kind of cool in a way.  However he is not the most athletic guy in the league and I want to put that to rest before I grant him the praise I eventually will.  Hate him or love him Lebron James is easily far and away the most athletic baller in the league right now and perhaps ever.  He jumps higher, handles better, and pushes up more weight guaranteed.  But this will not be an ode to Lebron so let’s move on.  Read more…