Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is probably most well known for his electrifying dunks and high-flying antics. However, Jordan has proven to be more than a sideshow for the Clippers this year, mainly due to his incredible rebounding abilities.
“I just don’t ever want to be out-rebounded as a team,” Jordan said earlier on in the season. ”So, that’s definitely a main focus of mine this season.”
Jordan must have taken what he said very seriously, seeing as how he emerged as one of the best rebounders in the league. According to the SportVU player tracker, Jordan is the most efficient rebound grabber in the league. He collects 70.7 percent of the missed shots that come within 3.5 feet of him. DJ leads the league in rebounds with 483, and he is also averaging a career high 13.4 rebounds per game this year, which is good enough to be second in the league behind Kevin Love, who is averaging 13.5 a game. He ranks second in the NBA in offensive rebounds with 4.1 per game, which is an invaluable asset he possesses for coach Doc Rivers. These second chance points are incredibly important to an efficient, high-scoring team like the Clippers.
Jordan’s large frame, combined with his tremendous athletic ability, allows him to sky over his opponents and corral boards. The success of Jordan this season is rooted in his focus on boxing out and never giving up on a rebound. DJ’s monster numbers on the board may explain his lack of scoring (9.3 points a game), as he may be too focused on rebounding rather than racking up points.
With point guard Chris Paul out for three to five weeks, Jordan is going to have to have to chip in on the Clippers’ scoring effort and continue to clean the glass if Lob City wants to stay relevant in the Western Conference.