DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
30-Year-Old CenterC
Dallas Mavericks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Playing without crafty point guard Chris Paul for the first time in six years, Jordan dealt with some struggles on the offensive side of the ball. His scoring took a slight dip, falling from 12.7 points per game in 2016-17 to 12.0 in 2017-18. Even more notable was Jordan's drop in efficiency, as he shot just 64.5 percent from the field after finishing above 70 percent in each of his prior three seasons. A lot of that can be attributed to missing Paul's ability to get in the lane and feed Jordan lobs, though either way, it was a disappointment overall. However, the big man continued to be an absolute force on the boards with an average of 15.2 rebounds per game, which included 13 games where he tallied more than 20. That placed Jordan second in the league behind only Andre Drummond's 16.0 rebounds per contest and marked the fifth straight year where Jordan averaged a double-double. In the offseason, the star center opted to decline his player option with the Clippers and now joins Dallas, where he nearly landed the last time he was apart of the free agent pool. He'll immediately slot into the top spot at center and should be looking at a similar workload. There are almost always some growing pains in joining a new team, so Jordan could struggle with his chemistry a bit early on, especially in pick and roll situations with guys like Dennis Smith and first-round pick Luka Doncic. Still, Jordan is once again going to be a great option in most Fantasy leagues for his rebound, field-goal percentage and block (1.7 blocks per game for career) categories. The only other thing to keep in mind is Jordan's free-throw shooting, as he shot just 58 percent from the charity stripe last year and that drastically hurts his value in leagues that include that category. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $22.9 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2018.
Cruises to double-double in loss
CDallas Mavericks
January 14, 2019
Jordan submitted 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-5 FT), 14 rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes Sunday in the Mavericks' 119-114 loss to the Warriors.
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It was another workmanlike double-double for Jordan, who has now achieved the statistical feat in 11 of the last 18 contests. As per usual, Jordan's 63.9 percent mark from the field places him among the league leaders, but the overall improvement he's shown from the charity stripe this season is beginning to tail off. His 68.8 percent mark is still 10 points better than his career-best rate from last season, but he's sitting at just 58.9 percent over the past month of action.
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Jordan earned his first All-Star nod last season by continuing his dominance on both the glass (13.8 rebounds per game) and defense (1.7 blocks per game). He also reached new heights with his efficiency, making a career-high 71.4 percent of his field-goal attempts while matching his career-high 12.7 points per game in the process. It’s no secret, however, that Jordan is one of the worst in the league from the charity stripe, somewhat dampening his Fantasy value in formats that account for free-throw percentage. This upcoming season will be a big adjustment for the 29-year-old, as Chris Paul’s departure robs him of a source of much of his offense – lob passes. While the Clippers have attempted to lessen that impact by bringing in Milos Teodosic, one of the best passers in Europe, questions still remain about his defensive readiness, which could bite into his playing time. Regardless, Blake Griffin, an underrated passer, will still be around to hit Jordan with good looks. How well the Clippers can continue to run the pick and roll without Paul will likely have a significant impact on Jordan’s season, as he’s shown little progress as a one-on-one scorer to this point.
While Jordan missed out on an All-Star bid for the second straight season, he continued his ascent up the ranks of the league’s top centers. Jordan averaged a career-high 12.7 points to go with 13.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, while leading the league in field-goal percentage (70.3%) for the fourth consecutive season. Much like Detroit’s Andre Drummond, however, Jordan is a major liability at the charity stripe. Jordan converted a dreadful 43 percent of his 8.0 attempts per game last season, ranking ahead of only Drummond and Houston’s Clint Capela among players with at least 100 attempts. That hinders his stock in rotisserie formats, though his exceptional field goal percentage -- Jordan’s career mark of 67 percent is the highest in NBA history -- helps preserve his value. The Clippers made a few minor roster tweaks this summer, but Jordan’s role as a rim protector, volume rebounder and lob finisher and put-back artist shouldn’t change, making him a strong value play in the earlier rounds of drafts.
Although he ended up back in Los Angeles, no free agent made more headlines this offseason than DeAndre Jordan. After a turbulent summer in which he backed out of a verbal commitment with Dallas, Jordan will be back in a Clippers uniform for the 2015-16 season. The 27-year-old center is coming off his seventh NBA season, in which he earned his first career All-NBA honors. Jordan, who played a full 82 games for the third consecutive season, averaged 11.5 points, a league-leading 15.0 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 34 minutes last year. While Jordan is a defensive monster, he contributes fairly marginally on offense. At 71 percent, Jordan led the league in shooting percentage but did so on a fairly modest 6.5 field goal attempts per game. Jordan also has a glaring hole in his game in the form of his free-throw shooting, where he converted a league-worst 40 percent last season. Despite his free-throw woes, Jordan's consistency, dominance on the boards, and ability to stay healthy (he holds the longest active games played streak in the NBA at 322) make him a great fantasy option. With the Clippers lacking depth at the center position, Jordan should yet again see plenty of minutes in the upcoming season.
Jordan enjoyed a breakout fantasy season in his first year under coach Doc Rivers. He averaged 10.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.0 steal, and 2.5 blocks in 35 minutes per game through 82 games played. Jordan was a value selection in most formats in 2013-14 drafts, with people generally sleeping on the fact that Rivers was going to give the big man more minutes than what former coach Vinny Del Negro was willing to give out. Jordan is great for defensive stats but doesn't produce much offensively. Like Dwight Howard, Jordan's free-throw percentage (43% career average) makes him a liability in standard rotisserie leagues, but his sky-high shooting percentage (68% last season) and defensive contributions make him an underrated option in head-to-head leagues. The addition of Spencer Hawes could cut Jordan's playing time somewhat, though it's probably more likely that Glen Davis would lose minutes to accommodate Hawes than it would be to see Jordan play less this season.
Jordan was much-maligned for his inconsistent play last season, especially after recently signing a four-year/$43 million extension. The 25-year-old averaged a career-best 8.8 points, but only pulled down 7.2 rebounds per contest. Jordan's lack of offensive refinement causes most of his points to come off easy dunks, evidenced by his career 64 percent shooting, but his remarkably poor free-throw shooting (39 percent last season) makes him a liability on the offensive end at times, limiting him to play around 25 minutes per night. Coach Doc Rivers will demand more consistency from Jordan and could possibly light a fire under the notably light-hearted giant, but he remains mostly a defensive (career 1.5 blocks/game) and rebounding asset in fantasy leagues.
With Chris Kaman finally out of town, Jordan was supposed to breakout for the Clippers last season. Instead, his production carried over from the previous season as he finished with averages of 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 27 minutes per game. His per-minute production held steady, but Jordan was unable to carve out much of a bigger role. The big (7-0, 255) man is an athletic high-riser who can make spectacular plays on both ends of the court, but his game still lacks the refinement needed to take the next step. He has no offensive post moves, which leads to most of his production coming at the rim on easy dunks or putbacks. This leads to a very high shooting percentage (63.2), but his lack of attempts (4.9) limits the categorical impact. Jordan also struggles from the charity stripe, hitting just 44 percent of his freebies throughout his career. At 24, Jordan still has time to develop more of an offensive game, but until he starts showcasing improved skills on the hardwood, he should only be valued as a rebounding/defensive big man for your fantasy squad.
Jordan routinely flashed his potential in summer leagues and training camps over his first couple seasons in the NBA, but he never received much of a chance to prove his worth once the games counted. That changed in 2010-11 after Clippers starting center Chris Kaman went down with an ankle injury early in the season. In 66 starts, Jordan averaged 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks while shooting 68 percent from the floor. His high shooting percentage is a result of nearly all his shots being at he rim, as his atrocious 45.2 clip from the charity stripe shows his lack of range. At just 23, Jordan’s game still has plenty of room to mature. He’s a restricted free agent this offseason, but all signs point to the Clippers keeping him in tow. His biggest obstacle will be playing time as Kaman is still on the Clipper’s payroll as well. If the Clippers are able to find a suitor for Kaman, Jordan could be one of the higher upside plays at the center position later in drafts.
On a per-minute basis, some other players are probably worse-your Dwight Howards, your Shaquille O'Neals, your Kwame Browns-but Jordan is definitely in the conversation for most damage done in the free-throw category. Jordan is just 90-of-237 (38.0%) from the line in his career, nor does he offer the same type of benefits as Howard or O'Neal. That makes him a serious liability unless you have free-throw superstars like Kevin Durant or Chauncey Billups to balance him out. Even then, he's probably not a starter on your team.
Due to the glut of injuries suffered by the Clippers a season ago, Jordan played significantly more than expected and showed flashes of the strength and athleticism which made him such a great basketball prospect coming out of high school two years ago. With a re-tooled frontline, don't expect Jordan to get much run, at least in close-game situations this season.
Jordan is very raw, but has some explosiveness and is athletic enough to intrigue a team. Right now, he needs a point guard to make him an effective scorer, so he’ll spend a year in the D-League enhancing and refining his low-post game.
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Cleans up defensively in loss
CDallas Mavericks
January 8, 2019
Jordan finished with 10 points (2-3 FG, 6-8 FT), 19 rebounds, three blocks and two steals across 33 minutes Monday in the Mavericks' 107-97 loss to the Lakers.
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Double-double in loss
CDallas Mavericks
January 5, 2019
Jordan scored 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding 15 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes during Friday's 114-93 loss to the Celtics.
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Season-low two points in loss
CDallas Mavericks
December 31, 2018
Jordan had just two points to go with 10 rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes during Monday's 122-102 loss to Oklahoma City.
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Double-doubles in narrow victory
CDallas Mavericks
December 30, 2018
Jordan finished with 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-6 FT), 17 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 33 minutes during Sunday's 105-103 victory over the Thunder.
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Cleared to play
CDallas Mavericks
December 30, 2018
Jordan (knee) will take the court Sunday against Oklahoma City, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
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