DeAndre Jordan Listed as Day-to-Day Amid Nets 3-4 Start
As if the start to this season hasn’t been underwhelming enough, the 3-4 Brooklyn Nets just lost C DeAndre Jordan to an ankle sprain last night against the New Orleans Pelicans, and it’s unknown how long the two-time NBA rebounding leader will be out.
Before leaving in the fourth quarter with the injury, Jordan scored four points, dished out two assists and grabbed five rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
To be fair, although Jordan has been a defensive anchor his whole career, he isn’t having too great of a campaign in his first year with the Nets. This season he’s averaging 6.1 PPG (lowest since his second year in the league), 9.3 RPG (lowest since the 2012-13 season) and is shooting 56.3% from the field (a career low). In addition to that, Jordan has only started in three out of the seven games that the Nets have played this season.
Granted, it’s still early and maybe Jordan just hasn’t found his role yet with his new team, but the start to his season definitely isn’t going according to plan.
Throughout his career Jordan has 57 playoff starts, 24 playoff wins and 24 playoff triple-doubles. These stats are why they brought him to Brooklyn.
Yes, the Nets have a dynamic center already in Jarrett Allen that had a breakout season last year nearly averaging a double-double in points and rebounds in addition to blocking 120 shots. However the Nets still believed Jordan could add to the mix when they signed him this summer.
“I’m excited about the pairing,” said HC Kenny Atkinson. “DeAndre, two years ago, he was an elite, elite center in this league. We really want to push him to his previous level. I think Jarrett will help him do that.”
In Jordan’s absence, Allen and other bigs will likely get many more minutes.
Jordan is currently listed as day-to-day.