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NBA 2K18: Predicting The 20 Highest-Rated Players

17. Blake Griffin

2K Games

Previous Rating: 87

Predicted Rating: 90

Key 2015/16 Stats: PPG: 21.4, APG: 4.9, RPG: 8.4

Key 2016/17 Stats: PPG: 21.6, APG: 4.9, RPG: 8.1

This rating is based solely on the potential role in the Clippers offense that Griffin is going to play now that Chris Paul is gone. Since this is supposed to be the year in which Griffin proves that he's more than an athletic dunker, it's OK to give him the benefit of the doubt here.

Forced to handle more offensive duties and improve his defense as well, it's probable that Griffin will fail, but for now, as he's the key player for the Clippers, and they still are a contender in the West, the rating seems validated. His team play was improving gradually season after season and this should be reflected in his rating.

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