It’s only the first week of the NBA’s regular season, but Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers has already made a statement. 

The top pick of the 2009 draft finally played his first NBA game - and boy, what a debut! Griffin notched 20 points and 14 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Not bad for a kid that hadn't played a regular season game (college or pro) in 18 months.

So that got our expert sportsbooks thinking. What are Griffin's targets for this season? How high can he soar? Will he displace John Wall as the leading candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year? Can he help make Clippers fans forget that, well, that they're Clippers fans?Blake Griffin of the LA Clippers is a top rookie player

Here are some 'for fun' basketball odds on the former Oklahoma Sooners star and on the 2010-2011 NBA season:

Total amount of reg. season games by Blake Griffin:
Over 59.5  5/7
Under 59.5 5/4

Blake Griffin leading the Clippers in PPG:

Blake Griffin winning Rookie of the Year:
Yes 5/2
No 1/3

Blake Griffin entering Slam Dunk Contest:
Yes 2/3
No 5/4

Blake Griffin making the All-Star team:

Any length suspension for Blake Griffin:
Yes 5/1
No 2/11

The Clippers making the playoffs:
Yes 2/1
No 4/9

Oklahoma fans knew he was great, but also worried about his injury-prone nature every single game. So it's only natural that we offer odds on the amount of games he'll play this season. Purely on his gut, SBR Forum Oddsmaker Steve Ricci says Griffin is due for a little good luck this season.

"The guy looked so good in preseason last year and then suffered a leg injury in the final preseason game. It was such a letdown. This year, he should be healthy enough to play at least 60 games."

Griffin and teammate Eric Gordon should battle all season for the team scoring lead. Currently, SBR Forum has the odds as a pick'em right now between the two Clippers. Gordon opened the season with a team-high 22 points against the Blazers. Ricci doesn't expect veteran Baron Davis to be a factor in the team's scoring race. "Davis has clearly lost a step and we don't see him being the go-to guy on this team."

While John Wall has gotten all of the attention this offseason after being selected first overall in June, Griffin should give him and the rest of the rookie crop a real run for their money. If his first NBA game is any indication, Griffin is more than ready to handle the speed and competition.

"We have Blake as a 5/2 shot to win the top rookie honors, but that could change in a matter of games. If he plays like he did in the opener for long stretches, this competition will become a one-man show."

One of the noticeable aspects of Griffin's game is his explosiveness. He rammed home a few balls in Game 1. That said, it's only natural that the NBA and David Stern would try and coax him into competing in the slam dunk contest. Other than Dwight Howard, you don't often see power forwards in the competition, but Griffin's rising star power could be too enticing to ignore. He's a 2/3 slight favorite to participate in the annual spectacle.

Surprisingly, Ricci has listed Griffin's chances as 50/50 to make the all-star team this season. But he explains his thinking thoughtfully. "Blake is benefitting from a depleted power forward landscape in the NBA's Western Conference. Amare Stoudamire is now with the Knicks and Carlos Boozer joined the Bulls. If Griffin is healthy all year, his skills and popularity could land him in the big exhibition game."

Of course, what list of NBA odds would be complete without a basketball prop on suspensions? Griffin does appear to be one of the good ones and we have no character indications to believe he'll get into trouble this season. However, because he plays with high intensity, negative heat-of-the-moment actions are always a possibility. Still, at 5/1, Ricci believes the likelihood of him getting into trouble is not great.

Finally, can the Clippers make the playoffs? They're certainly no favorite to get in. However, Griffin is a game-changer. He gives the team a dimension that it hasn't seen since Elton Brand left town. Yet, the west is full of stacked teams that will be in their way.

"If Griffin wasn't in the lineup, we wouldn't give the Clippers a chance in to get to the playoffs. With him, it's still a tall order. At 2/1, we think they'll be an underdog bet all yearlong and that it'll come down to the final few games."

If Griffin can stay in the lineup right until the end, he might be able to put the Clips over the top.

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