Blake Griffin on deck, Kyrie Irving debuts in Seattle; Jeff Green returns


Three-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin headlines a star-studded lineup Saturday at the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am.

“After last week, I didn’t think we could top that, but I think (Saturday) is going to be crazy,” Crawford said referring to last Sunday’s capacity turnout, which came to see Kevin Durant’s return to Seattle. “Blake is a bonafide star. He’s as big as it gets in our league.”

Griffin, the 2011 NBA slam dunk champion, is scheduled to play 4 p.m. Saturday at Seattle Pacific University’s Royal Brougham Pavilion. Tickets are $5.

Kyrie Irving, who played Friday night, may also play in today’s game. The one-time All-Star and 2012 rookie of the year thrilled fans during an entertaining game that paired him with former Sonics rookieJeff Green and former Washington guard Abdul Gaddy against Tony Wroten Jr., the former UW standout and Memphis Grizzlies guard, former UW center Aziz N’Diaye and Shaqquan Aaron, the former Rainier Beach High standout who is headed to Louisville.

Wroten had a monster night. He finished with a game-high 44 points on 15-of-40 shooting. He connected on 11 of 13 free throws, but just 3 of 15 three-pointers. He also had 13 rebounds, eight assists and seven turnovers in 40 minutes.

Irving wasn’t too shabby either (video highlights below). He had 32 points on 13-for-30 shooting and was 3 of 11 from downtown. He also delivered 11 assists and played 38.39 minutes while leading his squad to a 127-118 victory.

Green and Ryan Anderson, the former Rainier Beach High standout who starred at Nebraska, each added 20 points. Gaddy had 14.

Green, who played one season for the Sonics, was a crowd favorite Friday.

After the game he tweeted: “Much love to my Brodie @JCrossover for allowing me 2 play in his pro-am…had a blast, much love 2 the 206 for showing @KyrieIrving & I love.”

Meanwhile, N’Diaye and Aaron were surprising standouts.

N’Diaye dominated inside against smaller competition. He finished with 28 points on 11-for-13 shooting and 21 rebounds.

Aaron was one of the youngest players on the court, but he more than held his own against his NBA counterparts. He often challenged Green on both ends of the court. Aaron had 22 points in 21 minutes.