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Vinny Del Negro

Will Griffin be an NBA mega-star, or just good?

Stardom a slam dunk

Zach McCann

Orlando Sentinel

The high-flying acrobatics and powerful dunks dominate the highlight packages, and that's why the Clippers' Blake Griffin is already one of the more popular players in the NBA. But those traits aren't why Griffin will soon blossom into one of the NBA's biggest superstars. Rather, he'll be a star because he contributes in every way you'd expect a premier power forward to contribute.

Griffin, 21, is already a fantastic rebounder, a notch below Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. His commitment and ability to control the defensive boards are attributes most rookies don't possess.

He has a...