Once again, DeAndre Jordan is taking pride in setting screens.
Thrope mentioned this the other day and ever since, I’ve been making a point to watch DJ in screen situations. You know what?
He’s right. Jordan is a completely different, more engaged player when he doesn’t have the ball in his hands. Last season, even when he played well, he seemed indifferent about what was happening on the court apart from “When am I going to get a chance to touch the ball?”
Watching Jordan the first few games, I sense that he’s a lot more attentive to questions like, “What am I supposed to be doing on the court, specifically, right at this moment?” Before, Jordan was playing an individual sport, now he’s playing a team sport.
Tonight’s ugly offensive performance notwithstanding, the Clippers have a legitimate frontcourt rotation player in DeAndre Jordan. Good, athletic, centers are rare finds. If you’ve got one, you’re in a lot better shape.