Blake Griffin (born March 16, 1989) is a professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Oklahoma Sooners, when he was named the Consensus National Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Griffin was selected first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA draft, and has since been a six-time NBA All-Star and a five-time All-NBA selection. During the final pre-season game of 2009, he broke his left kneecap, had surgery, and missed the entire 2009–10 season. Griffin made his NBA debut as a rookie the following season, in which he was selected as an All-Star, won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year. On January 17, 2011, he scored a career-high 47 points and set a Clippers franchise record for most points by a rookie. He became the first rookie to have two 40+ point games since Allen Iverson. In 2011, Sports Illustrated called him one of the NBA's 15 Greatest Rookies of All Time. As of 2021, Griffin plays for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.
Griffin is a Christian. On March 13, 2020, Griffin pledged to give $100,000 to the staff of the Little Ceasars Arena who were unable to work during the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season because of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.