Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is continuing to build a buzz for All-Star consideration with his career numbers thus far in the 2013-14 season. Jordan had a monster outing against the Detroit Pistons on Monday with 16 points and 21 rebounds in a 112-103 Clippers victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Under the guidance of new head coach Doc Rivers, who said before the start of the season that Jordan should make a run at Defensive Player of the Year honors, Jordan is having a banner year so far—9.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
When the Clippers decided to match the four-year, $43 million offer that the Golden State Warriors offered to Jordan in December 2011, the team hoped the young center would become one of their franchise cornerstones. After two pedestrian seasons that offered little improvement statistically, Jordan was caught in trade rumors last season involving then-Boston Celtics forward-center Kevin Garnett.
Now Jordan is proving that there is some substance to go along with the style of flashy dunks that have been gracing NBA highlight reels the past few years. Barring a catastrophic collapse in the second half of the season, the Clippers should be playoff-bound for a third straight year.
That being said, NBA pundits will want to see whether Jordan can continue to excel in the postseason, particularly in late-game situations where his free-throw shooting might become a liability. The emergence of Jordan in the playoffs is a crucial factor in helping the Clippers get past the second round and make a serious run at the championship.