Blake Griffin is an NBA player who formerly played for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was traded off to the Detroit Pistons in 2018.
When Clippers drafted him, he soon enough went on to win the NBA Rookie Of The Year. On top of this, he also won the Slam Dunk Contest.
If you need any more memory jogging, he is also the ex-boyfriend of the highest-paid model Kendall Jenner. The pair, however, broke it off cordially due to unknown reasons.
The jersey number 23 player serves as the power forward and center player for the Pistons.
He has sustained quite a few injuries in his NBA career and even injured himself in the first season, causing him to miss the whole season.
Nevertheless, he came out better and stronger. Several people refer to him as one of the greatest rookie players in NBA history.
The father of two has earned around $160 million in his first decade with the Clippers. He is no wonder a decorated player who has a pretty successful career in the NBA.
Besides that, his touch with the film industry is no surprise news either. He even has some suggestions to join the films in case basketball doesn’t work out.
Let’s look at some quick facts before getting into details about his life.
|Full Name||Blake Austin Griffin|
|Birth Date||March 16, 1989|
|Birth Place||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Nick Name||High Griffinition|
|Ethnicity||Half Afro-Haitian, Half White|
|Education||University of Oklahoma|
|Father’s Name||Tommy Griffin|
|Mother’s Name||Gail Griffin|
|Age||33 years old|
|Height||6 ft 9 in|
|Current Team||Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Power Forward, Centre|
|Kids||Two; Ford Griffin and Finley Griffin|
|Net Worth||$110 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Jersey, Funko Pop, Posters|
|Last Update||August, 2022|
Blake Griffin | Early life, Family And Education
Griffin was born in Oklahoma on March 16, 1989, to Tommy Griffin, a head coach, and Gail Griffin.
The NBA player played under his father and won four high school state titles. He, alongside his brother, was homeschooled by his mother right until high school.
The 31-year-old has an older brother named Taylor Griffin, who also played in the NBA and was an overall 48th pick.
He was last known to have played in the Italian series for Pallacanestro Trapani. As of now, he is not playing professional basketball anymore.
The above picture shows Blake with his brother Taylor. After homeschooling, till the eighth grade, Blake joined Oakland Christian School, where his father was the head coach.
He played for the school for four years before heading to college.
The six-foot nine-inch Player was convinced by his brother and the coach to join the University of Oakland.
He eventually played for two seasons with his brother before being picked by the LA clippers.
Blake Griffin | Age, Height, and Weight
The former Clipper weighs about 250lb, i.e., 113 kg, with a spectacular height of 6 feet 9 inches. He recently turned 31 years old on March 16, 2020.
Blake Griffin | Basketball Career
High School Career
In high school, Griffin played alongside his brother Taylor. The Griffin brothers went on to win two state champions together.
During the summer of his junior year, he even played against Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson‘s AAU team. In addition to that, he won two state champions after his brother went to college.
In his junior year, the coach of Oklahoma Sooners and his brother convinced him to join the University of Oklahoma.
He was finally sold out on the idea because he got the chance to play with his brother again for his home state.
Senior Year was a good year for Griffin as the Tulsa World, and The Oklahoman named him the title ‘Player of the Year.’
Additionally, he was the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year and was selected to the McDonald’s All-American, where he won the Powerade Jam Fest Slam Dunk Contest.
In college, the NBA player soon became the most popular and highest-rated recruit.
He suffered a few injuries in his knee in his freshman year and missed a few games, but he was back on the court in a matter of days.
The 31-year-old also suffered a concussion in his sophomore year five minutes into the game.
Blake Griffin was awarded all six of the national Player of the year awards during his sophomore year.
He went on to become the first player in the school history of Oklahoma to win the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Adolph Rupp Trophy, John Wooden Award, and the Associated Press player of the year.
Los Angeles Clipper drafted Blake in the 2009 draft in the first overall. Although his injury set him back two years, he returned and made the All-Star game.
Not to mention his victory in the Slam Dunk Contest, causing many publications to give him the title ‘Greatest rookie of the year.’
Fast forward to 2018; The Clippers him traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he scored his career-high of 50 points against the 76rs.
Nevertheless, his injuries kept bugging him, forcing him to miss the 2019-20 season.
Awards and Honors
Following are some of the achievements and honors of the basketball player:
- Six times NBA All-Star from the year 2011 to 2015 and 2019
- Three times All-NBA Second Team from the year 2012 to 2014
- Two times All-NBA Third Team in the year 2015 and 2019
- NBA Rookie of the Year in the year 2011
- All-Rookie First Team in the year 2011
- Slam Dunk Contest champion in the year 2011
- National College Player of the Year in the year 2009
- Oscar Robertson Trophy in the year 2009
Blake Griffin | Relationship and Kids
Blake Griffin was engaged to a former basketball player for the University of Southern California, Brynn Cameron.
The pair shares two adorable children, namely Ford Griffin, seven years old, and Finley Griffin, who is four years old.
However, they broke up in July of 2017, ending their engagement. In September of that year, the NBA player was photographed with Kendall Jenner, and the dating rumors started spreading around.
Despite not confirming as to whether they dated or not, they were seen with each other very often.
In Feb 2018, the sister of American football player Jordan Cameron filed a palimony lawsuit against Griffin for stranding her and their children to date Jenner.
She claimed he cared more about the attention and press he received from dating a top model than a responsible father and partner.
The mother of two even claimed that he completely blindsided her and made her sign a prenuptial agreement before the wedding that was supposed to take place on July 28, 2017.
Unlike the actual plans, he instead broke up and went on to date high-profile models.
Griffin although denied all the allegations, and the lawsuit was settled privately after a year.
Soon after, rumors started swirling that she was paid $258,000 per month for child support. However, both of them denied such allegations.
As of now, Blake is dating Francesca Aiello, who is the owner and designer of Frankie’s Bikinis. They have been suspected to be dating for a while now and seem to be going strong.
In October 2014, The NBA player was charged with a misdemeanor when he allegedly attacked Daniel Schuman by grabbing his neck and slapping him.
He also reportedly took the guy’s phone because he was taking pictures of the Clippers players. The charges, however, were dismissed.
Blake Griffin | Net Worth, Salary and Charity
Net Worth And Salary
The power forward player has a sparkling net worth of $110 million as of
2022. As for his career earnings, Blake portrays $255 million.
In addition to that, he earns more than 30 million per year from the NBA. In 2018, he earned $32.1 million from the Detroit Pistons.
At present, Griffin has signed a year contract with the Brooklyn Nets worth $1,229,676.
Hence, he will be earning a base salary of $1,229,676 with a cap hit of $776,983 and a dead cap value of $776,983.
Griffin also has several amazing deals with well-known brands like Nike, Subway, Kia Motors, Vizio, AT&T, GameFly.
The American Player frequently shows up on ads for the brands too. Also, Panini America signed him for a long-term deal.
Blake Griffin falls among one of the highest-paid athlete endorsers. Besides, he shares some experience in the acting world and received positive responses from critics and fans.
Furthermore, he is the co-owner of a production company with Matt Kalil, who plays in the NFL.
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The Christian has committed to giving $100,000 to all the staff of Little Ceasars Arena, who are unable to keep themselves afloat during the 2020 pandemic.
During the season, he donated $100 per dunk to a fundraiser he started to fight childhood obesity.
Likewise, he also donated the Kia Sedan that he won in the Slam Dunk Contest for a charity auction. Stand Up Cancer received the proceedings of the auction.
For more detailed information on Griffin’s net worth, check Blake Griffin Net Worth | Lifestyle, Charity & Foundation >>
Blake Griffin | Social Media Presence
Griffin is on Instagram with more than 3.5 million followers. He frequently shares photos of him playing basketball and posts a few highlights here and there.
Keeping his kids’ privacy in mind to give them a regular and proper upbringing, he does not share any of their pictures.
He also shares his opinion and viewpoints on particular topics and new projects on his feed. Celebrities like Kevin Hart and Chris Brown have also made an appearance in his posts.
NBA star Blake Griffin on why he's fighting for Julius Jones' clemency: "If an innocent man is sitting in prison for all these years, we've obviously done an injustice." #ABC2020 #TheLastDefense https://t.co/5wAVClu8Sa pic.twitter.com/oCdpoMoOCi
— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 15, 2020
He recently shared his opinions on the clemency of Julius Jones, convicted for the murder of a man named Paul Howell. Griffin’s father coached Jones in high school.
Due to the lack of evidence and inconsistencies, the trial was not fair, and to this date, Julius still maintains his innocence.
The NBA player demands pardon and a new trial in this case and even wrote a letter to the governor of Oklahoma.
Without a doubt, Blake Griffin is into getting inked and flaunts numerous on his body. As simple as his tattoos may seem, they hold deeper meanings in his life.
We have listed all his known tattoos below.
- The left side of his torso (Landscape): It is his first tattoo of Griffon done by Dr. Woo. He revealed it back in 2016 during his beach time that portrays a silhouette of two children sitting on a tree branch overlooking the city.
- The right wrist (Stay): After the 2017 game, Blake tattooed a “Stay” on his right wrist. As per the sources, it stands for his saying, “Stay focused. Stay hungry. Stay humble.”
- The right side of the torso (Just keep smiling): According to Blake, this tattoo is actually a quote from his high school teammate Wilson Holloway. Unfortunately, his friend passes away due to Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Blake Griffin | FAQs
Who is Blake Griffin’s agent?
Blake Griffin’s agent is Sam Goldfeder, who has been working as an NBA agent for twenty years now.
What is Blake Griffin’s career stats? Is Blake Griffin a Hall of Famer?
Blake Griffin has maintained his career stats with 668 scores, an average of 20.9 points, 8.6 total rebounds, and 4.3 assists.
Talking about his Hall of Fame, there have been numerous discussions regarding if he either falls in the category or not. Well, Griffin does present the eligibility with being a 6x All-Star appearance and 4x All NBA.
Is Blake Griffin retiring?
Well, no! Initially, the rumors on his retiring came forward when he took a break out of the lineup to decide his path. This, he is now back on the field and is not retiring.