“Blake Griffin Announces his Retirement from the NBA After 13 Seasons”

Blake Griffin has retired from the NBA after playing for 13 seasons. He made his decision public on Instagram, expressing gratitude for a long and successful career.

Griffin’s final season was in 2022-23 with the Boston Celtics, where he had a minimal role on a talented team. He played in 41 games, started 16, and had career lows in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Griffin was the top pick in the 2009 NBA draft from Oklahoma and quickly became one of the league’s best players, earning NBA Rookie of the Year in the 2010-11 season.

He was named an All-Star in each of his first five seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 21.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game during that period. Griffin played three more seasons with the Clippers before being traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he initially found success. In the 2018-19 season, Griffin earned his sixth and final All-Star selection, posting impressive stats of 24.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers made per game.

However, injuries took a toll on Griffin in the following seasons, limiting his playing time. During the 2020-21 season, the Pistons parted ways with him. He then spent parts of two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, primarily in a backup role, before signing a one-year deal with the Celtics.

After playing a limited role in his final season, Griffin went unsigned during the offseason and did not catch on with another team during the 2023-24 campaign. Overall, Griffin had a successful career, averaging 19.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in 765 regular-season games.

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