And seriously, who can blame him?
As has been noted multiple times in this (and just about every other) space, Blake Griffin's(notes) jaw-dropping athleticism and stellar play over the season's first two months have earned the eager, undivided attention of NBA fans. We salivate every time he gets out on the break or streaks to the rim to corral a missed shot, and we should, because he's been that fantastic.
Away from the white-hot nightly spotlight in which Blake's bathed, though, his fellow Los Angeles Clippers rookie, Al-Farouq Aminu(notes), has also shown promise, albeit during a far more typical freshman campaign. The Wake Forest product has started 14 games for the Clips, contributing 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in just under 18 minutes per game and using an improved long-distance stroke to hit 46.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.
But being a nice swing piece doesn't garner the kind of wild-eyed love that Griffin gets. That type of adulation only comes from dunking on defenders' souls. Hence, last night's Aminu liftoff against the Utah Jazz.