As the NBA off-season continues, all of the big news stories and free agency signings seem to be winding down. As someone who mostly writes about the NBA here at WTP, I need to find some way to get some content out. That brings us to what absolutely nobody asked for, but you’re getting it anyways! Welcome to Ty’s Top 50 NBA Players!
Every day for the next 50 days, I am going to be counting down a list of who I believe are the top 50 players in the NBA.
Coming in at #45 is the newest Dallas Maverick, DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was drafted in the second round in 2008 by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 35th overall pick. At 7’ and 265lbs, Jordan shows his own freakish athleticism with his ability to run and jump unlike most other NBA big men.
Ever since entering the league, Jordan has been scoring 9.4 PPG and pulling down 10.7 RPG, all while blocking 1.8 shots per game to go along with stellar defense. Last season, Jordan was averaging 12.0 PPG and 15.0 RPG as he had to take a bigger role due to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin no longer being on the team.
This past summer, Jordan decided to leave LA and signed a one year deal worth roughly $24 million with the Dallas Mavericks. Years before, Jordan verbally committed to the Mavs, only to take it back after the group of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and J.J. Redick pleaded for him to stay. Jordan ended up staying, and everyone else (minus Doc) left the Clippers. Funny how that works out.
Perhaps the most fun time to watch DeAndre was during the “lob city” days when he and Blake Griffin would simply just dunk on everybody. If you want to get stuck in a YouTube rabbit hole, just look up lob city highlights.
Jordan made his first and only All Star game in the 2016-17 season. However, Jordan has made three All-NBA teams in his career: third team in 2014-15, first team in 2015-16, and third team in 2016-17. Not only that, but he also made two NBA All-Defense first teams in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. He was also a two time rebounding champion in the 2013-14 season and 2014-15 season. Finally, he won a gold medal for Team USA in 2016. Not too bad of a career for an early second round pick.
Let’s see how Jordan’s game flourishes in Dallas this year under NBA legend, Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas could be a fun team to watch simply because of their raw athleticism. Jordan running the floor with DSJ and Luka Doncic will be a sight to see this year. Jordan will enter free agency again after this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he kicks it up a notch to make himself some money.
Photo: Clutch Points
50. Terry Rozier
49. Andre Drummond
48. Jrue Holiday
47. Tobias Harris
46. Eric Gordon