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DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan cropped.jpg
Los Angeles Clippers  – No. 9
Center
Born July 21, 1988 (1988-07-21) (age 21)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
Salary $736,420
High school Christian Life Center
College Texas A&M
Draft 2nd round, 35th overall, 2008
Los Angeles Clippers
Pro career 2008–present
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Hyland DeAndre Jordan, Jr. (born July 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player at center for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He played a year of college basketball at Texas A&M University. He was drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.

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Early years

Jordan was born in Houston, Texas to Kimberly Jordan.

In high school, Jordan averaged 15.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks as a sophomore; 16.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks as a junior and 26.1 points, 15.2 rebounds and 8.1 blocks per game as a senior. He was a Parade All-American, named to the first-team All-Greater Houston squad by the Houston Chronicle and was a two-time all-state selection. At Christian Life Center, Jordan posted a career high of 37 points in a game and also set the school record for most blocks in a game with 20.

Coming out of high school, Jordan was rated as the number 8 overall prospect, the number 2 center in the country and the number 1-ranked prep player in Texas by Rivals.com. Jordan was recruited by Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Texas, LSU and Kentucky, among others.[1]

In the summer of 2007, Jordan played for Team USA at the 2007 Under 19 World Championships in Serbia. Jordan played only 9 minutes per game. The team finished 2nd with an 8–1 record.[2]

College career

Before Jordan arrived in College Station, Aggies head basketball coach Billy Gillispie left the school to take the head coaching position at Kentucky. Jordan chose to honor his commitment to the university.

Jordan started 21 of 35 games in his freshman season at Texas A&M. He averaged 20 minutes and 1.3 blocks per game. In those games, he shot a team-high of 61.7 percent in field goals, but a team-low of 43.7 percent in free throws. Most of his field goals, however, were within a few feet from the basket.[3] He finished the season averaging 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds.[4] He made the Big 12 All-Rookie Team for his efforts.[5] After the season, he declared for the 2008 NBA Draft.[6][7]

Prior to the draft, draftexpress.com, a third party NBA draft website, listed Jordan's strengths and weaknesses. A few strengths include "incredible physical specimen", "defensive potential", "incredible upside", and "freakish athlete". Some weaknesses include "not productive", "poor fundamentals", "mediocre footwork", and "high bust potential".[8] The website also projected him to be picked at No. 16 by the Philadelphia 76ers.[9] Other mock drafts had him projected to be picked at No. 10 by the New Jersey Nets or at No. 11 by the Indiana Pacers due to his attractive ability to run the floor.[3] ESPN's Chad Ford had him going to the Memphis Grizzlies at pick No. 28 in the first round.[10][11][12][13]

NBA career

In the 2008 NBA Draft, he was selected at No. 35 by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Due to injuries among the Clippers' low post players, Jordan was pushed into the starting lineup for the January 19 game against the Timberwolves. In his first game as a starter, he recorded 6 blocks, 10 rebounds, and 8 points in 34 minutes of game play. In the January 21 game against the Lakers, he played for 43 minutes and recorded a career-high of 23 points. This included a rare feat of 10 dunks, which had only been accomplished by two players (Dwight Howard and Shaquille O'Neal) over the past 10 NBA seasons. [14] Despite his performance, both games resulted in losses.[15] On January 25th, 2009, Jordan had 20 rebounds in just his 4th career start, joining Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and Aaron Gray as only the fourth rookie to do so.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 53 13 14.5 .633 .000 .385 4.5 .2 .2 1.1 4.3
Career 53 13 14.5 .633 .000 .385 4.5 .2 .2 1.1 4.3

References

  1. ^ DeAndre Jordan - Basketball Recruiting
  2. ^ "Counterpoint: Draft DeAndre Jordan". http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=426697.  
  3. ^ a b "NBA: A&M's Jordan brings highs and lows to draft". http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/big12/stories/MYSA-624-8.jordandraft.en.3224da7c.html.  
  4. ^ "Jordan's game trying to catch up with his body". http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=3437642.  
  5. ^ "2008 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Selected". Press release. http://www.big12sports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031008aaa.html.  
  6. ^ SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NBA Basketball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NBA Basketball columnists
  7. ^ SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NBA Basketball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NBA Basketball columnists
  8. ^ "DeAndre Jordan". http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/DeAndre-Jordan-1072.  
  9. ^ "2008 Mock Draft". http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-mock-draft/2008/.  
  10. ^ "Chad Ford's Mock Draft, Version 6.0: Picks 1-30". http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/columns/story?columnist=ford_chad&page=MockDraft-080623.  
  11. ^ "Texas A&M center DeAndre Jordan sees his draft stock fall". http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/story/721544.html.  
  12. ^ "Jordan presents difficult decision". http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/bk/bkn/5854773.html.  
  13. ^ "Upside has downside for Texas A&M's DeAndre Jordan". http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/colleges/texasam/stories/062608dnsposherrington.3ac6956.html.  
  14. ^ "Daily Dime: Bynum plays Duncan to a standstill". http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dime-090126.  
  15. ^ "Amid injuries Clippers find promise". http://www.pe.com/sports/basketball/clippers/stories/PE_Sports_Local_W_ja_col_22.4cd7787.html.  

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