Following a somewhat underwhelming 2018-19 season, here are five landing spots for center DeAndre Jordan in 2019 NBA free agency.
Having played with both the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks last season, DeAndre Jordan somewhat flew under the radar. Acquired at the trade deadline by the Knicks as part of the blockbuster Kristaps Porzingis trade, Jordan certainly didn’t have the same impact when compared to his previous five seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.
In 69 games with the Mavericks and Knicks, Jordan averaged 11.0 points and 13.1 rebounds in just 29.7 minutes per game, his lowest mark since the 2012-13 season. While his playing time and overall production declined, one notable improvement was his return at the free throw line.
Having shot at an awful 44.6 percent during his 10 seasons with the Clippers, Jordan returned a far more credible 70.5 percent return over the course of last season, including a 77.3 percent clip in his 19 games as a Knick. Given this was long considered a major downfall in his overall game, Jordan’s improvement at the charity stripe was nothing to sneeze at.
While he turns 31 prior to the start of next season, Jordan still displayed sufficient evidence that he could perform at a high level for at the next couple of seasons. On a recent episode of the Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective podcast, Tim McMahon of ESPN made the following evaluation of Jordan:
"“He has not declined physically. I mean you talk about size, explosiveness, he is still elite.”"
With six trips to the postseason under his belt, Jordan represents as a terrific short-term option for a number of years.
So with less than a week until the madness of free agency begins, here are five potential landing spots for DeAndre Jordan.