For a second-round draft pick, DeAndre Jordan has turned out pretty well for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Proof of his immense value came last offseason, when the Clips matched a four-year, $43 million offer from the Golden State Warriors to keep Jordan in L.A.
The athletic big man got off to a hot start in 2012, seeming determined to justify his substantial pay raise. While Jordan had the best season of his young career, by the end of the year, he had cooled off considerably, losing major minutes to reserves Kenyon Martin and Reggie Evans in the playoffs and riding the bench during crunch time.
Though Jordan has slowly improved over his four seasons in the pros, his disappointing finish to the 2012 campaign has some calling the Clippers' long-term commitment to Jordan in question. The team's starting center has yet to develop any offensive skills other than the ability to finish lobs and is a liability at the free-throw line.
When your second-highest-paid player can't be trusted on the floor during crunch time, there's clearly something missing from his game.
Here are eight current NBA big men Jordan should take some pointers from.