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DeAndre Jordan continues to shine in the preseason.
DeAndre Jordan continues to play with inspired confidence and awareness on defense.
Although he is no Kevin Garnett, he looks like he is capable of anchoring the Clips’ Thibodeau-esque defense. He has 21 blocks through the Clippers’ first six preseason games. For those keeping track, that is an average of 3.5 blocks per game.
Jordan will not keep that number up, but it indicates that he has been in the right place at the right time. He was caught off guard a couple of times in the win over the Nuggets, which resulted in six fouls. He will need to stay on the court more in the regular season.
Given his tremendous athleticism, his challenge is really between the ears. Spending more time with Rivers and working more closely with the starters should result in an even more improved defensive presence from him.
The Clippers have not played any teams with a dominant big man in the preseason, and evaluating how Jordan performs against the likes of Tim Duncan and Dwight Howard will be telling. Nonetheless, his preseason performances could yield a promising regular-season campaign.