Blake Griffin is in the early stages of his NBA odyssey. There was the combine in Chicago and a workout in Los Angeles and a trip to New York, but he won’t be drafted until next week. Won’t report to training camp until September. Won’t play his first game until October. Griffin’s career is in its infancy. Still, everyone wants to know what he will be when he grows up. Will he be a bruiser like Carlos Boozer or a scorer like Amare Stoudamire? Will he be a combination of the two? Or will he be something else entirely? Even as the Oklahoma City native and former Oklahoma Sooner cements his status as the top pick in the NBA Draft, there are questions about what kind of player he will become. At worst, he will be a complementary big man. At best, he will be a Hall of Famer. Truth is, no one knows for sure what he will become. Not the Clippers or Grizzlies or Thunder. Not the draft gurus or the pro pundits. Not even Griffin. "Hopefully with time,” he said via telephone, "I’ll be more of a complete player.” Translation — he needs better outside shooting. That is the only glaring weakness in his game. He made that evident during his workout with the Clippers a couple weekends ago. He clanged 3-pointers and clunked jumpers. Griffin was candid afterward, admitting that he struggled and that his shot was off. He doesn’t shy from the criticism. "A lot of people right now are saying that they don’t see me making shots outside of a couple feet ... which is fine,” he said. "I don’t have a problem with that. But I know I have a lot more to offer than that. "I know that I can shoot.” Griffin hasn’t needed to shoot much beyond a few feet during his career. With the big fellow’s combination of size and physicality, speed and quickness, stepping out and shooting would’ve been silly. He’s the kind of player that coaches and fans want driving the lane and prowling the paint. That’s what he wanted, too. "It was tough to force myself to shoot outside,” Griffin said, "when scoring inside is a little bit easier and a little bit more effective.” A little bit easier? A little bit more effective? Griffin is being a little bit modest. He’s been an inside force throughout his career. The country saw it last year when he dominated the college game and won every player of the year honor imaginable, but he’s been doing the same sort of thing for years. It figures that his range isn’t the greatest. But he can work on it. He can practice and drill. He can break it down. He can build it back. He can put in the time and the effort and become a better shooter. The ability to shoot isn’t some sort of fixed variable. It isn’t like wingspan or height, characteristics that can never be changed. Griffin can change his shot and extend his range. Tim Duncan did. Ditto for Stoudamire and Boozer and many other big men who came into the league with suspect outside shooting. "Everybody said they couldn’t shoot when they came into the league,” Griffin said of those players. "You look at them now, and that’s a huge part of their game.” Here’s guessing that one day it will be a huge part of his game, too. Just like those other big men, Griffin will work at it. He is a work-a-holic. Look at what he’s doing right now. Most guys projected to be the top overall draft pick would be jet-setting and hob-knobbing, but Griffin remains focused on basketball. He spends hours upon hours practicing. He strives to improve every day. "When your job is to play basketball and your job is to shoot jump shots ... you’re going to get better at it,” Griffin said. "Hopefully, I can be one of those guys that is multi-dimensional. I’ll have a lot of different ways to score and a lot of different weapons. "But that’s going to come with time.” If the difference between Griffin being a decent pro and a superstar is a question of whether he will work on his shot, the answer seems clear. What kind of player will Big Blake be in the NBA? A great one.