Stat of the Day (2/29): +/- Likes Blake

Stat: Blake Griffin leads all players in unadjusted raw+/- this season.  His team is 24.88 points better with him on the floor, over five points better than second place Ryan Anderson.

Feb. 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) points down court in the first half of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Staples Center. Timberwolves won 109-97. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Take: It makes sense the Clippers would be so much better on offense with Griffin on the floor.  He does, after all, rank ninth in the league in points per game and draw the attention of the defense whether he has the ball or not.

What’s interesting about this is that it paints a picture of Blake being a bigger factor on the other side of the floor than he’s given credit for.  Often chided for his lack of effort and focus on defense, Griffin is considered an average defender at best.  That the Clippers are 24 points better with him on the floor can’t just be an indicator of his offensive prowess, though.  Clearly, he’s doing something right on defense, and the common notion that he’s a minus in this regard should be revisited (though playing the majority of his minutes with Paul and Jordan is sure to help his defensive numbers).

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