Los Angeles Lakers: The Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Offseason

(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images) /
13 of 18
DeAndre Jordan and a Referee
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

The Case For DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan is one of the best traditional centers in the NBA. He’s arguably one the most fundamentally sound rebounders in the league. His defensive positioning is among the best in the NBA. Why does he not garner fan’s attention?

For one, teams were hesitant to trade for DeAndre Jordan. Cleveland had the greatest shot at DeAndre, but dealing their Nets-owned pick was too much for a one-year rental. DeAndre is also approaching the wrong side of thirty on the wrong side of history, as Barack Obama phrased it, ever so.

The NBA is dealing with a phase of a three-point cult. The Warriors and Rockets created the perfect system to shoot threes, and other teams are quickly following suit. Players such as DeAndre Jordan are almost no longer needed in a “no-big” offense.

This could be sound for the Lakers. A one-year deal should be talked about, no doubt. Jordan should remain on the opposite side of Los Angeles, as it would be stark to see a player like him in anything other than a Clippers uniform.