Blake Griffin

Since Blake Griffin has emerged as one of the most dynamic and exciting players in the NBA this season, there has been a movement among fans and the media to come up with a good nickname for him. I guess the logic is that most of the greats have nicknames so we apparently need to christen Blake so announcers have something pithy to scream every time he dunks on some poor soul.

Here are some of the suggested nicknames I’ve heard or read on Twitter recently:

  • Blake Superior (probably the most popular suggestion so far)
  • Shake n’ Blake
  • Quake Griffin
  • Professor Griff
  • Griffin Impossible
  • Poster Child
  • Blake Livelier (funny, but stupid)
  • The Oklahoma Kid (suggested by The Score’s own Sid Seixeiro)

You might like one of those suggestions or you might have already come up with one of your own that you can feel free to post in the comments. Here’s my submission, which I think has a nice ring to it: “Blake Griffin.”

That’s right — it’s his actual name. And you know what? It’s a great friggin’ name. First of all, it just sounds good coming out of your speak-hole whether you say it softly or scream it at the top of your lungs. Furthermore, it’s unique. How many Blakes can you name off the top of your head? Blake Lively, Blake Edwards, Blake Carrington … and that’s pretty much it. The Family Feud category of “Famous Blakes” probably wouldn’t have more than four answers.

Then there’s his last name. It’s the name of a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle. So basically, it’s a powerful and ferocious creature that can fly. Um, hellooooo!

I rest my case — Blake Griffin doesn’t need a damn nickname. And I look forward to going through all this nonsense again when Ricky Rubio eventually comes to the NBA.