Los Angeles Clippers: How High Is Blake Griffin's Ceiling?

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Mar 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin reacts in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Clippers defeated the Suns 104-96. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers might have come up short with their title aspirations this season, but that shouldn’t mean the year was a complete disaster. The 2013-14 season was another significant watershed in the development of the Clippers young superstar, Blake Griffin.

Since being taken with the first pick of the 2009 draft, expectations have been high for Blake Griffin. Although injuries may have slowed him down, he’s now showing signs that he could possibly surpass even the loftiest of those expectations as his game steps up to the next level.

The 2014 MVP race may have been a two-horse race for much of the season, but any time it seemed like there was a reason to open it up beyond LeBron James and Kevin Durant, it was usually to consider Griffin’s contribution.

After just four seasons under his belt in the NBA, if Griffin is even just approaching a level where he warrants a mention in an MVP race, it’s an indicator of just how bright his future can be.

The 25-year-old has many flaws in his game, but also has some unique gifts that could make him a force of nature for years to come. The question that remains is whether Griffin is just going to be a solid-to-very good player for years to come, or can he start to build a case for basketball immortality, and maybe even a place in the Hall of Fame one day.

Let’s take a closer look and see.

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