Over at Bleacher Report, I evaluated DeAndre Jordan’s game and pondered exactly how far the Clippers should go to re-sign him this offseason. Click here to read the full piece. Here is an excerpt:
He may be a guy who “only dunks” on offense, but DJ still creates gravity when he dives to the rim on pick-and-rolls and defenders get pulled into the paint to prevent lobs.
In that sense, he’s a floor-spacer from the inside out. He may miss more dunks than anyone, but, as we all know, he’s an absolutely vicious finisher after he catches the ball. (Plus, aren’t Jordan’s missed dunks significantly more fun than most other players’ made slams?)
The biggest offensive criticism of Jordan has mainly been that he isn’t the best complement to Griffin, who likes to post up, play inside and finish around the rim as well. Throwing two bigs down low can clog up spacing, and we’ve certainly seen specific situations where the offense has been bogged down with those two sharing the floor over the years.