View Full Version : How much of a positive effect will Blake Griffin have on Al Thornton?

05-20-2009, 08:29 PM
Everybody knew the Clippers would take Griffin. What's interesting to look at is how good that pick is for Al Thornton.
He's had to put in a good amount of time at power forward, a position he is not big enough for. Marcus Camby's signing relieved him of those duties.
With Griffin coming in though, Camby or Kaman are going out, and one of them will temporarily remain as a center.
With Griffin around at power forward, Thornton can be a full-time small forward. At 6' 8" and 220 pounds, he is perfect for a small forward, and will only bulk up.
I'm not automatically saying he'll be a beast, but Griffin will make everything easier on him. He's already proven he can be one of the leading scorers, and can often grab 10 or more rebounds. Griffin will lower his rebounding, but expect Thornton to slash even more with defenses distracted. I still think Thornton's scoring will go up with the new addition; somewhere just below 20 per game.

05-21-2009, 10:01 AM
Around 17 ppg. He chucks sometimes, but I don't blame him.

05-21-2009, 03:59 PM
Blake Griffin will have a positive influence on Thornton's game, the problem is, it wont outweigh the negative effect Thornton has on everyone elses game. Hes more than a chucker, hes a chucker whos too stupid to take advantage of mismatches.