Around this time last year, John Wall was clumsily tackling teammate DeMarcus Cousins and celebrating a buzzer-beating layup that helped Kentucky win the Southeastern Conference tournament and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Blake Griffin, however, was whiffing at a piÃ±ata while celebrating his 21st birthday with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates, patiently rehabbing a season-ending knee injury and waiting for his chance to show that his franchise didn't err in taking him first overall in 2009. A year later, Griffin has arrived in the league with the subtlety of a tornado, dunking on so many people on a nightly basis that when he was matched up against JaVale McGee in the All-Star Weekend slam dunk contest; Griffin elected to jump over a car instead. He has been so mesmerizing that Wall has practically been overlooked, despite putting up one of the best statistical seasons ever for a rookie point guard. So, while Wall is on pace to become just the fourth rookie to average at least nine assists and leads all rookies other than Griffin in scoring (15.5), he has conceded that he won't be the third consecutive point guard to play one season in college for John Calipari to win rookie of the year. "Most likely, he's probably going to get it," Wall said. "Blake is a great player. He's had a great impact. He's a highlight reel waiting to happen. That's something the league hasn't had in a while, a power forward that's that athletic. Last one, I'd probably say, was Amare [Stoudemire]."
John Wall, Blake Griffin face off for first time
Washington Post | Mar 12