A Blake Griffin injury update has revealed why the LA Clippers star dropped off Team USA this summer. It turns out that the Griffin injury is really a fractured back, which will require him to do some serious resting during the rest of the NBA offseason. According to a report from ESPN late on Monday (July 28), Griffin was advised by doctors to give a small fracture in his back more time to heal before the start of next season. From there the decision to not play for Team USA was easy.
The early prognosis is that this is an injury that he should recover before the start of the 2014-15 NBA season and that this move was just for precautionary reasons. Still, anytime a doctor mentions that a star player has a fracture in his back, it's something that the front office and fantasy basketball owners want to pay close attention to. It seems like an injury that could cause problems again down the road if he doesn't take the necessary time off from the grind that an NBA schedule can cause.
This Blake Griffin injury is something that fantasy basketball owners will want to check in on before next season gets started. It is being reported as something that shouldn't keep him from missing any time, but it is certainly serious enough that complications could arise if the healing process is interrupted. The LA Clippers also didn't need additional drama like this as the franchise tries to move on from Donald Sterling and into the control of new ownership.
Last season, Griffin increased his scoring average from 18.0 to 24.1 points per game, increasing his value quite a bit in the world of fantasy basketball. He also sported averages of 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. Maybe the best number comes from an improved free throw percentage, as he shot 71.5 percent from the line. That was his best mark in free throw shooting by quite a margin. Now he will look to get even better and possibly cement himself as a first round pick in most drafts.