In this article we preview the Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Los Angeles selected Jordan in the 2nd round of the 2008 NBA Draft with the 35th overall pick. Jordan came into the NBA out of Texas A&M.
In Jordan’s rookie season, due to Clipper injuries, he was given the opportunity to start and delivered some impressive performances. In his first game as a starter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, DeAndre recorded 6 blocks,10 rebounds, along with 8 points. In a January 21, 2009 game against the Los Angeles Lakers he scored a career-high of 23 points and on January 25, 2009 Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds in only his 4th career start.
The Golden State Warriors signed DeAndre to an offer sheet on December 11, 2011 reportedly worth $43 million for 4 years. The Clippers, finally making some intelligent moves these days, decided to match.
Jordan has shown flashes of great potential over his 4 year career. His numbers have improved each year as his scoring and rebounding have slowly climbed each season. While, Jordan’s free throw percentage has improved each season, it’s still awful and is something he hopefully, has been working on this offseason and will continue to do so.
DeAndre’s numbers have been respectable; however, he needs to elevate his game to the next level this year. He is capable of being a great defensive player in the NBA as well as challenging for the rebounding title. Last season Jordan averaged 8.3 rpg, this season those numbers need to be well over 10 rpg. His offensive game also needs to improve. He averaged 7.4 points per game last season but is capable of so much more.
DeAndre needs to work on his fundamentals plain and simple. It comes down to how bad he wants it. Jordan is a 6’11” freakish athlete with unlimited potential. This guy could be right there with Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum but he has to seize the moment and take his game to the next level. The Lakers have reloaded and suddenly become a juggernaut and the Oklahoma City Thunder are already a powerhouse. If the Clippers are going to have any chance at winning the west and reaching the NBA Finals, they are going to need a big nasty, hungry, mean center waiting in the middle to knock LeBron James on his tail.
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