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Blake Griffin And The Quest For 1,000 Rebounds

By all accounts, Blake Griffin has had a fantastic rookie season. He has made the Clippers, a perennial NBA doormat, a must-see team. He already owns the Los Angeles Clippers record for rebounds in a season, and that's everyone, not just rookies. Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday night's loss in Oklahoma City, pushing his season rebound total to 960.


The Clippers last had a 1,000-rebound season in 1980-1981, when Swen Nater cleaned the glass while the team was in San Diego. Nater had three four-digit rebound seasons for the Clippers, and is one of three players in franchise history to grab 1,000 rebounds:

1,000 Rebound Seasons, Clippers Franchise History
Player Season Team Rebounds RPG
Swen Nater1980-81SD1,01712.4
Swen Nater1979-80SD1,21615.0
Swen Nater1977-78Buf1,02913.2
Bob McAdoo
Bob McAdoo1973-74Buf1,11715.1
Elmore Smith

Griffin has three games remaining, and needs 40 boards, and average of 13.3 per game, to reach 1,000. Here are Griffin's rebound totals against the remaining Clippers schedule:

  • Dallas: three games, 12.3 rpg
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  • Houston: three games, 14.3 rpg
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  • Memphis: three games, 11.3 rpg
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It looks like Griffin has his work cut out for him to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau. He might need a Michael Cage-type effort on the season's final day to reach that milestone.


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