It’s no secret that Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have been playing extremely well for the Los Angeles Clippers while their teammates have been having various struggles.
But such a statement is not being fair to DeAndre Jordan, who has been a solid center for the Clippers. He continues to do an outstanding job on the boards for Los Angeles. It’s just too bad he can’t get that scoring average in double digits.
If the Clippers could get more scoring production from Jordan, they would obviously be even more dangerous of a team than they are already. The Clippers have to be happy with his rebounding average, which was 13.4 boards per game prior to the New Year’s night clash with the Charlotte Bobcats, which makes him a valuable player right there.
But he’s been frustrating with his performance offensively. His 6-of-6 shooting from the floor on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors was the type of night the Clippers would like to see from Jordan all the time.
It’s not just Jordan who needs to improve on his shooting. Besides Griffin and Paul, there are several other Clippers who need to start scoring on a more consistent basis. But there’s no reason Jordan can’t be more productive in points. The Clippers are flourishing with Jordan’s work on the boards, but he can certainly be dangerous in other ways.
Jordan needs to be more confident with his shooting. If he can gain that confidence, the Clippers can be a true NBA contender this season. But if Jordan continues to struggle offensively, the Clippers aren’t going anywhere.