By Brian Kotloff, NBADLeague.com
Eric Griffin first introduced himself to basketball fans by leaping over a 6-foot-5 North Carolina A&T guard who was just trying to take a charge:
Before the dunk, he was a near-complete unknown: a forward for the Campbell University Camels, who went on to finish 17-15, playing in just his fifth year of organized basketball after being cut twice in high school and joining two community college teams.
But freakish, jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism will get you noticed, and Griffin leaped onto the NBA radar as a senior not just for his dunking prowess, but for his all-around play while averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
Since going undrafted, he’s turned more heads with each passing Summer League during stints with the Lakers, Heat and Mavericks — watch him jump over Mason Plumlee and put Andre Drummond on a poster — capped by his detonation on Shane Larkin this past July:
And this time, instead of going overseas the 24-year-old opted to keep his highlight show stateside, joining Dallas’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
Griffin has proven once again that he can flat-out play. He ranks 10th in scoring (21.7 PPG) after making strides as a shooter (33/93, 36% 3FG in 16 games) to complement his finishing skills inside. And he’s teamed up with Damion James to anchor the Legends’ defense, providing the rare combination of rim protection (2.7 blocks per game, tied for the league lead) and perimeter defense.
He’s also added to his personal highlight reel on an almost nightly basis. Without further ado, here is the damage Griffin has done through just 17 D-League games: