After a precocious start to his career pairing up in the paint alongside Blake Griffin, DJ has been slow to assert himself as an elite center.
Despite his major payday, Jordan never became the big man the Clippers had hoped for last season. While his rebounds per game increased from 7.2 to 8.3, his field goal percentage dropped from 68.6 to 63.2. His points per game improved marginally from 7.1 PPG to 7.4 PPG.
Nevertheless, Jordan was a second round pick, and dominant second round big men are hard to come by in this league. The Texas A&M product is nothing compared to Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum at this stage in his career, but DJ does have the potential to grow into a formidable low post force.
The second round label should not deter Jordan.
From Antonio Davis on the Pacers to Dennis Rodman on the Bulls and Pistons, some second round big men have found long-term success in the league. Jordan is only 24-years-old and could be a late bloomer.
Here is how DeAndre Jordan stacks up against other notable second round big men in NBA history.