REPORT: Blake Griffin to make season debut for Pistons vs. Timberwolves
After missing 10 games to start the season, Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin plans to make his season-debut against Minnesota on Monday, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 9, 2019
Griffin missed the first 10 games of the Pistons season after dealing with nagging knee and hamstring issues. Griffin is no stranger to injuries, as he has been plagued by a variety of different ailments over the course of his nine-year career.
Last season, which was his first full one as a member of the Pistons, Griffin produced some of the best numbers of his career as seemingly the lead ballhandler for Detroit. On a career-high 30.2 percent usage rate per Basketball Reference, Griffin logged per-game averages of 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.4 assists on a 58.1 percent true shooting percentage.
His usage rate and scoring numbers were both career-highs and his overall efficiency in his ninth season was laudable. Griffin was able to lead the Pistons to the no.8 seed in the Eastern Conference and even played (while injured) in the playoffs against the far superior Milwaukee Bucks.
Griffin was so impactful to the Pistons that he was named to his sixth All-Star game after missing out in a stacked Western Conference for the past three seasons.
Though Griffin’s days of dominating with his incredible athleticism and rising up for some of the greatest dunks in NBA history are likely behind him, Griffin now employs tremendous basketball IQ in order to score as well as his general heft as a modern-day NBA power forward.
The Pistons will surely welcome him back with open arms, as the team went 4-6 in his absence to start the season.