5. Blake Effect
It’s rare for someone to shatter high expectations beyond belief, but that’s exactly what Blake Griffin did for the Clippers this year. Everyone knew that Griffin had game and he would be exciting and productive if he could stay healthy, but none of us had any idea what kind of show was coming.
Griffin single-handedly made the Clippers one of the hottest tickets in town. It was a guarantee that at least twice a game he’d do something that would make you jump out of your seat, but he’s more than just a highlight machine. Griffin averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game and appears to be leading L.A.'s second-fiddle back to respectability.
In addition to being the most exciting player in the last 20 years, Griffin was named to the All-Star team, won the dunk contest by jumping over a car, and will easily claim rookie of the year honors. You can say you knew he’d be good, but no one knew he’d be this dominant this quickly.