Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin to chase NBA title with the Brooklyn Nets

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After agreeing to a buyout, former Detroit Pistons star forward Blake Griffin is expected to chase an NBA title with the Brooklyn Nets.  An NBA championship has eluded the future Hall Of Fame forward to this point throughout his career.

Super teams in the NBA are a real thing and something many fans like myself struggle to stomach.  I will admit that part of the displeasure is that the team I root for is not considered a destination throughout NBA circuits.

Griffin is expected to join the high-powered Nets, who may lack a willingness to buy-in on the defensive end of the court, but they have the fire-power to outscore anyone in the league.

Griffin will join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, DeAndre Jordan, and a pair of former Detroit Pistons in Spencer Dinwiddie and Bruce Brown.

Former Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is poised to chase an NBA title.

It’s a star-studded cast, and that sometimes can complicate things rather than aid them at times, but if Griffin proved anything during his time with the re-building Detroit Pistons, it’s that he’s a pros-pro.

Griffin made it known over the past few weeks that he’d like to have an opportunity to play in the playoffs.  The veteran forward turns 32-years old later this month. With Detroit currently producing the league’s second-worst record of 10-26 entering the All-Star break, agreeing to the buyout benefits both parties.

It was clear that Griffin was unable to shoulder the load and carry a franchise as he had just two years prior.  At this point in his career, he shouldn’t be a focal point of an NBA offense.  Last season Griffin was limited to just 18 games, where he averaged 15.5 points per game before being shut down due to a knee injury.

I had hoped Griffin would return to form after being away from the court for basically an entire calendar year due to injury and COVID-19, but unfortunately, that would not be the case.

Griffin had averaged a mere 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 2020-21.  He also wasn’t exactly efficient from the field, shooting only 36% paired with 31% from beyond the arc.  Griffin is expected to come off the bench for the Nets and adds another reliable depth player to their roster.

The rebuilding Detroit Pistons have many players that Griffin had blocked on the depth chart that need court time to develop their game.  The first that comes to mind is second-year forward Sekou Doumbouya, who has struggled mightily thus far in 2021.

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Moving Griffin also allows the Pistons to start rookie Saddiq Bey moving forward, who has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his first NBA season.