DeAndre Jordan Would Participate In Slam Dunk Contest – On A Condition


Dec 15, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Clippers won 111-85. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Chris Paul arrived in Los Angeles, the Clippers quickly adapted the nickname “lob city”. Thanks to the outstanding athleticism of the Clippers’ frontcourt, the team is leading the league in fastbreak points, most of which are highlighted by flashy dunks.

DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin have both filled up the highlight reels on a regular basis, being two of the most athletic big men in the league. Blake Griffin has already taken part in the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, winning the competition in 2011.

According to ocregister.com, Clippers’ floor general Chris Paul promised to pitch the idea of participating in the contest to his teammate DeAndre Jordan:

“DJ is a lot different from a lot of big men when they dunk. Some big men almost look uncoordinated. It’s awkward when they dunk,” Paul said. “He doesn’t. He dunks like guards. It’s something I’m going to definitely talk to him about.”

-Chris Paul

Chris Paul is right in saying that there are very few big men in the leauge, that are capable of finishing plays in such emphatic fashion, as Jordan often does.

The All-Star weekend will be held in Houston this year, Jordan’s hometown, but he made it clear that, while he wouldn’t mind participating in the contest, he would only do it on one condition:

“They’ve asked me a couple of times and have gotten the same answer. I don’t want to go to the All-Star Game just to dunk,” he said. “I understand that it’s home, but I’m not going to do it unless I’m playing in the game.”

-DeAndre Jordan

And there you have it folks. Unless DeAndre Jordan is named an All-Star, he is not interested in taking his dunking talents to Houston this year.

Jordan is still quite far from being worthy of an All-Star spot, as he is averaging 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game this season.

There is no doubt that the 24-year old center has the potential to put up All-Star numbers in the future, but he will need to significantly improve his free-throw shooting. He is averaging 42.2% from the charity stripe this season, making him a huge liability in late game situations, and that is a contributing factor as to why he only plays 25.5 minutes per game.

If you guys want to see DeAndre dunk in Houston, you better start piling up the votes in the NBA All-Star ballot.

 

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