Blake Griffin one of the most-seen faces in NBA news over the last week after signing with the Brooklyn Nets. After all, Griffin’s arrival in Brooklyn has increased the team’s odds of winning an NBA Championship.
Now, as fans wait for Griffin to make his Nets debut, they’re also asking one specific question: will he dunk this season? When Griffin was a part of the “Lob City” Los Angeles Clippers, he pas putting up highlight reel dunks almost every game.
But Blake Griffin isn’t that player anymore. He’s older, less explosive and injuries have plagued his body as of late. With that being said, Bovada does think that it’s likely that Griffin will dunk in 2021. They’ve listed the odds of him attempting a dunk this season at -650.
Will Blake Griffin Attempt A Dunk This Season?
Odds via Bovada as of Friday, March 12
- Yes -650
- No +375
While Bovada thinks that it’s likely for Blake Griffin to attempt a slam dunk this season, he hasn’t tried to do one in-game in over a year. The last dunk that Griffin recorded was on December 12, 2019, against the Dallas Mavericks. In fact, he only attempted five dunks in 2019-20 and none this season.
Still, Griffin could wind up having enough fun in Brooklyn to the point where he attempts a dunk. He’s surrounded by Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Kevin Durant. The pressure is on them to put up points and win games, which means Griffin may be in the position to have dunking opportunities. With the Detroit Pistons, Griffin had no incentive to dunk. The team was bad and it wasn’t worth putting his body on the line. Now, at -650 in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance that the NBA world could see Blake Griffin dunk again.
Could Griffin’s Injury History Prevent A Dunk Attempt?
Now, it’s not about whether or not Blake Griffin can attempt a dunk. Truth be told, he probably can. He’s got enough height and athleticism to do the most basic dunk. At 42 years old, Vince Carter said that he could still dunk, but it was the landing that hurts the most. Granted, Griffin is only 31 years old, but he began his career with a major knee injury. With all the wear and tear he put on his knees since then, you have to wonder how much a dunk would hurt him in 2021.
So, now the question is whether or not Blake Griffin will dunk. There needs to be an incentive to it. Whether the Nets are having fun during a game or Griffin wants to prove to the world that he’s still capable of dunking. There needs to be a significant reason for Griffin to put his body through that much pain again.
After the lead up to his signing in Brooklyn, Blake Griffin has the basketball world’s attention. Now it’s time to see what he does with it.