Compared to the peak of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers, DeAndre Jordan has largely been reduced to a bench player over the last few seasons. Jordan is still a strong center off the bench who, given the chance, can contribute in the paint on both ends of the court.
The Denver Nuggets are the most recent team to give Jordan a chance; Jordan has been added as Nikola Jokic’s backup. Jordan was the star center himself not too long ago, so it’s been interesting to see the roles reversed for Jordan, who was one of the league’s most dominant centers in his prime.
Jordan doesn’t seem overly concerned about losing some of his influence with the Nuggets. The fact that he appears to be relishing the chance to play behind Jokic should be good news for Denver, who have been desperately trying to secure Jokic as much support as they can during the offseason.
“It goes without saying that Nikola is the snake’s head. DeAndre Jordan of The Denver Post said, “My role will be obvious coming off the bench, helping our second unit with pace, screens and getting guys open, getting guys better shots and also finishing everything that I can in transition, offensive rebounds, controlling the glass for our unit, and also being a defensive presence for however long I’m out there.”
Jоrdan appears cоmmitted tо assisting a secоnd unit that the Nuggets frequently struggled tо depend оn fоr prоductiоn last year. Denver wоuld benefit if he cоuld cоme оff the bench and give Jоkic a break fоr a few minutes each game. It will be interesting tо see hоw Jоrdan dоes fоr Denver in the upcоming seasоn.