The good, bad and ugly of DeAndre Jordan
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Over the past 10 seasons, the NBA rebound king has pretty much been the exclusive purview of two men - Kevin Garnett (four times) and Dwight Howard (five times). In 2013-14, that dominance may come to an end.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been the top rebounder this season, grabbing a league-high 610 rebounds through 44 games (nearly 13.9 rpg). Breaking it down further, he's the No. 1 defensive rebounder and No. 2 at the offensive end (behind Detroit's Andre Drummond).
That's a pretty spectacular rebounding number, made even more impressive because he plays next to a great rebounder in power forward Blake Griffin. Griffin also is pulling down double-digit rebounds each game.
Jordan also is currently ranked No. 1 in blocks, having rejected 110 shots, and he's the league's field goal percentage leader at 64.3 percent, but that's understandable when you don't take a shot from more than six inches from the rim.
Seeing as how rebounds and blocks are categories in almost every single fantasy league, Jordan's value has jumped through the roof this season.
According to Yahoo, the 25-year-old center had a preseason rank of 140, but is playing at a No. 55 level.
He'd be much higher, but Jordan does come with a few "warts."
Although better this season, the Clippers' center is a "black hole." The ball goes in, but it never comes out. He's never averaged even one assist per game. He's also averaging a career-high 1.5 turnovers per game. Considering he only takes 6.2 shots per game, that's a high number.
Those are bad statistics, but not enough to send fantasy owners running.
The really ugly number is his free throw shooting.
Jordan's numbers from the foul line are so bad, they actually make Shaquille O'Neal look like a sharpshooter (career 52.7 percent). And we all know O'Neal's failures at the free throw line led to the infamous "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy.
Jordan is current shooting 40.3 percent from the line. It's a sad number, but actually an improvement from last season, when he shot 38.6 percent from the line.
By comparison, last season there were 36 players in the league shooting better than 40.3 percent ... from the 3-point line (minimum 50 attempts).
As you can clearly see, if you want Jordan and his massive rebounding talent, you will need to build a roster that can make allowances for, and absorb, his weaknesses without killing you. It may be a difficult task, but it's certainly not impossible.
01/23 12:04:59 ET