Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 11:50 am  |  9 responses

DeAndre Jordan Aiming to Win Defensive Player of the Year Award

The “Lob City” theme will sell a lot of game tickets and t-shirts for the Los Angeles Clippers this season and beyond, but for them to really be successful, they need to play defense. Enter DeAndre Jordan, who is looking to become the NBA’s most dominant defender. From Hoopsworld: “Teammate Blake Griffin believes Jordan is growing into one of the best defensive players in the league. ‘I strongly believe DeAndre could be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year,’ said Griffin. ‘He’s our anchor defensively. We rely on him a lot.’ While the Clippers made dramatic moves this offseason including the Paul deal that the team’s media guide calls ‘the biggest trade in franchise history,’ none of the pieces would necessarily be considered ‘defensive stoppers.’ LAC has no Shane Battier, Metta World Peace or Tony Allen type ball hawks. Instead, the Clippers need to play team defense and rely on Jordan to protect the basket. DeAndre has made the Defensive Player of the Year award one of his goals. ‘That’s definitely something I’m pushing for in my career,’ said Jordan. ‘Not just one time – multiple times.’ The Clipper center is still developing with just three years in the league. At 6’11″, 265 pounds, Jordan is surprisingly mobile. While he need to up his rebounding numbers and avoid foul trouble, he’s made clear strides each year in the league, especially last season when an injury to starter Chris Kaman gave DJ his first true opportunity to start and play sizable minutes. Now Kaman is in New Orleans, as part of the package for Paul, and Jordan is averaging eight blocks a game. While he can’t keep up that pace over the next 65, Jordan has embraced the notion that he’s the last line of defense at the basket. ‘I’m the leader of the defense here,’ said DJ. ‘I’m definitely going to continue to work on that side of the floor and help our team win.’ Given that Jordan is the team’s only true center, the Clippers are certainly relying on him to be a major presence.”

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    I like his attitude & truly hope thEyCLIPSE the Lakers this year.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    It’s a long shot, but I did call this in my predictions and I’m gonna ride with it all year.

  • BlackStar

    DJ can give Howard a run for his money if he gets his rebounding into double digits and averages 3 blocks a game. The boy has talent and he’s finally coming into his own. Good for him.

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve_2

    Honestly, this is probably the only season where anyone can try to take DPOY honors away from Howard if he’s “distracted.” Jordan is good, but no center is going to be as good as Howard normally is for a long time.

  • Heals

    Here’s to someone setting a reasonably attainable goal (see Bosh and JCrawford). Cut down on those early cheapies and you’ll be well on your way to getting in that conversation…

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    That’s nice, now can you also work on those free throws?

  • Matt Park

    He has to learn how to play help defense without getting out of position to rebound and Blake has to rotate to help better so people will stop thinking it’s DJ’s fault, lol.

  • Startown

    Stood next to him in Cancun, Mexico he is just big and long, I cannot believe he slipped so far in the draft, I wonder how many stiffs are out of the league that were drafted ahead of him.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Good attitude for your young bigman to have.