Why Blake Griffin isn't an NBA All-Star starter
He doesn't have a cool nickname. Starting for the West you have Black Mamba, The Great Wall, Melo, CP3 and Baby Ice. Where would Blake Griffin fit on a roster filled with such coolness? It's the only thing I can tell myself without losing total faith in the All-Star voting. Full disclosure: I have no faith in the system. What does a guy have to do to get voted into the NBA All-Star Game? Griffin's done it all -- short of solving the NBA labor disagreement -- and I'm betting he's hard at work figuring that out.
Before this season, the Clippers were the Khloe Kardashian of NBA teams in Los Angeles. Griffin turned Clippers games into must-see events that are actually worth the excessive League Pass fee for those of us not blessed to be in the Los Angeles area. East Coasters wake up with dark circles under their eyes after watching Griffin pulverize defenders each night.
Griffin is also a rookie who's making monster dunks and not afraid to get physical despite recovering from a season-ending injury. He defied the odds and made a quick transition from college to the pros in his first playing season. (Being a No. 1 pick with a season-ending injury as a rookie doesn't always have a happy ending. Just ask Greg Oden.) And, Griffin's playing for Donald Sterling, one of the league's most notorious owners. Then there's that little Clipper Curse, which Griffin has scoffed at.
To be fair, the two forwards picked over Griffin -- Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant -- both average more points per game and have better team records. But since when do stats matter when it comes to All-Star voting (think: Yao Ming)?
The only make-nice answer to Griffin's All-Star snub would be if the coaches vote him into a reserve spot. Until then, he should start making a list of nicknames.