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Blake Griffin makes GQ's five greatest under-25s list

February 17, 2011 |  1:55 pm

Griffin_400 Clippers rookie sensation Blake Griffin is one of the reasons this is the greatest NBA season in decades.

So says GQ magazine in its "Guide to the New NBA Golden Age," which is online now and will appear in the March issue.

Griffin is listed as one of the NBA's top five greatest players under age 25. Former NBA great Charles Barkley writes of Griffin: "Blake Griffin is everything a number one pick should be. He's come in and immediately improved the team and energized the franchise. He brings a certain amount of intensity from his college days that guys in the NBA aren't used to seeing."

Joining Griffin on the list are Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose.

The magazine also features a list of the league's craziest stars, with the Lakers' Ron Artest as the "king kook." Also on that list are Delonte West, Chris Andersen, Tyler Hansbrough and Gilbert Arenas.

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Blake Griffin, right, faces Toronto's Ed Davis. Credit: Chris Young / Associated Press