The Brooklyn Nets have made the move to sign veteran power forward Blake Griffin following his buyout from the Detroit Pistons. It was a move that many expected, but one that has been met with mixed reaction. Griffin is no longer the player he once was, and many are questioning whether or not he will fit well with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving.
One NBA scout, who asked to remain anonymous, shared brutally honest feedback about the move. He does not think it will go well for either the Nets or Griffin.
“Blake Griffin is quite possibly the worst fit the Nets could have gone for in the front-court. I would have taken JaVale McGee head and shoulders above Griffin. Griffin hasn’t been an athletic scorer for a couple of years now, he shoots threes and isn’t good at it. Plus, he demands the ball too much to play with Kyrie, James, and KD. It’s a bad move and it won’t benefit either side.”
Talk about some brutal feedback for the Nets. It’s not necessarily wrong feedback either. However, Griffin and the Nets are hoping to prove all of the critics wrong.
Before being bought out by the Pistons, Griffin played in and started 20 games this season. He was averaging 12.3 points per game to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Griffin shot just 36.5 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 31.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
If this move was made back when Blake Griffin was dunking over defenders, it would be a good one. Those days are long gone. Griffin has suffered quite a few different injuries and he just isn’t that player.
Instead, the Nets are getting an aging power forward who isn’t very athletic, shoots the three way too much, but still wants the ball. That doesn’t sound like a good fit for the star-studded Nets.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to see how the Nets and Griffin fare in their new situations. Should it not work out well, the Nets can always just move on from Griffin.
Hopefully, it’s a match that works and the two sides can do well together.