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Clippers news: Blake Griffin's rookie of the year award official on Wednesday

May 3, 2011 |  5:43 pm

Blake3 Clippers power forward Blake Griffin followed in the footsteps of current league stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose by winning the NBA’s rookie of the year award, and became the fifth player in franchise history to do so.

The award will be announced Wednesday, according to a league official familiar with the voting but who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Terry Cummings won the rookie award in the 1982-83 season with the San Diego Clippers, and Adrian Dantley, Ernie DiGregorio and Bob McAdoo did it with the Buffalo Braves before the franchise moved to California.

The Clippers put out a release late Tuesday afternoon, citing a formal announcement for Wednesday afternoon at their practice facility, calling it a Major NBA Awards/Los Angeles Clippers Announcement.

Griffin averaged 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game this season and was named to the All-Star team.

Griffin was so dominant that there was probably more suspense about whether he would be able to dunk over a car at the dunk contest on All-Star weekend than win rookie of the year.

Griffin was said to be a unanimous selection. Brandon Roy of Portland nearly reached that status, receiving 127 out of a possible 128 votes in 2007, and the Hornets’ Chris Paul, in 2006, got all but one of the 125 first-place votes.


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Photo: Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, puts up a shot over Memphis forward Darrell Arthur during the Clippers' 110-103 victory on April 13. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press