The tall and handsome forward of the Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin, is a popular basketballer who has been playing the game since high school where he was nurtured under the tutelage of his own father, Tommy Griffin. His father happened to work as his school’s basketball coach at the time he was there. Blake Griffin was drafted into the NBA in the 2009 draft with the 1st overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers.
The famed basketball player’s stint with the Clippers spanned from 2009 to the 29th of January 2018 when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons along with his teammates Brice Johnson and Willie Reed in exchange for Boban Marjanović, Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris. Throughout his NBA career, Blake has mostly played in the power forward position which has resulted in several highlight dunks. Blake, a four-time All-NBA selection and a five-time NBA-All Star, is considered one of the greatest basketball rookies of all time.
Blake Griffin’s Biography & Age
Born in Oklahoma City on the 16th of March 1989, Blake Austin Griffin is the younger son of Tommy and Gail Griffin. He was raised in Oklahoma along with his older brother Taylor Griffin who also plays basketball.
A peek into his educational background shows that Blake and his big brother Taylor started their formal education at eighth and tenth grade respectively after being homeschooled by their mother, Gail. From his eighth grade, Blake enrolled with Oklahoma Christian School where he played basketball under the supervision of his father who was the school’s basketball coach. The aspiring basketball player tried his hands at other sports like football and baseball before deciding to focus on basketball. His university education was achieved at Oklahoma College where he made a sweep of all the available awards in his sophomore year. Notable media outlets like FoxSports.com, Big 12, The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated named him Player of the Year.
Blake hails from a lineage of great basketball players, his Afro-Haitian dad Tommy Griffin was a celebrated basketball standout at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he recorded impressive collegiate stats. Tommy is currently earning a living as a basketball coach. Blake’s mum, Gail Griffin, is Caucasian, making Blake and his brother of mixed descent.
Career Stats & Injury
Blake had to miss a good part of the 2009-2010 season due to a kneecap injury he sustained as he tried to land after a dunk in their final preseason game. This development delayed his debut in the NBA for seven whole weeks. By January 2010, he had to undergo a surgery on his broken kneecap when it failed to heal after some weeks. The knee injury also accounted for his being removed from the US team for the London Summer Olympics. Other injuries he has sustained include a quad injury which he sustained in the first round of the NBA playoffs in 2016 and a right toe injury he suffered in a game against the Utah Jazz in 2017.
The power forward of the Detroit Pistons has recorded outstanding career statistics since his NBA draft of 2009 by the Los Angeles Clippers, he got a No 1 ranking at OU in career field goal percentage with a total of 618 goals. Via a record of 11.8 rebounds per game, he clinched the second position in rebounds per game. A total of 40 double-doubles gave him the third position in that aspect and he was ranked no six in points per game with 18.8 points. The totality of all his rebounds came to 805 which placed him in the ninth position for total rebounds and his total points came to 1,278, earning him the 17th position in total points.
Kids & Wife
Blake Griffin has never been married but he has been romantically involved with several women in the past, including adult model – Kari Klinkenborg, Bethany Gerber and American model – Daniella Grace. He met his ex-girlfriend, Brynn Cameron, in 2009 and the two had a longterm relationship which lasted for almost a decade. Brynn is the sister of Jordan Cameron who is an ex-tight end in NFL.
Though they were expected to tie the knot and were even engaged at some point, sadly, the couple broke up in 2017. Brynn and Blake have two kids together, a daughter named Finley Elaine and a son named Ford Wilson. Brynn has said that even though they are no longer an item, they are still on talking terms and still take care of their kids together.
The talented basketball player has been earning a very good salary since his NBA draft of 2009. In addition to his annual pay and contracts, he has undertaken several commercials for multinational companies like Kia Motors, Subway, Gamefly and Vizio. His estimated net worth has been pegged at a handsome $30 million which is quite impressive.