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DJordan 7/13 Pros and Cons



SP is up and running so I'll hang out over here in the fanposts for now.  Everybody (KA and me, at least) stated that they would have more to say after the awesome debut of Blake Griffin last evening, and the Clips' most inspiring run in many moons, but it has been quiet--not used to being geeked up like that, I guess, plus there's the minor/major Iverson distraction of course.

So there's just one thing that stands out for me, the next day and getting ready for the next game, worthy of commentary.  Not about Blake Griffin, who was simply awesome and everything we could hope for, and just fun to watch.  Not about Eric Gordon, who we know well enough, although we shouldn't take him for granted.  If pushed, I suppose I could mention that the Gordon-Morrison matchup was very interesting, Gordon giving Morrison a lot of trouble, as we might have expected, and a mite of disappointment that we didn't get to see Gordon play any PG, but nothing even worth noting.  Not about Mike Taylor, who should be the Clips 3rd string PG and a sparkplug/change of pace off the bench, who needs exactly this experience and frustration in a place like summer league to get better.

But then there's DeAndre Jordan.  DJ, I think, is worth discussing.  Most citizens know I'm a fan, and routinely get perhaps too geeked up about under the radar big men with potential.  SP didn't help douse the fires when he expertly compared DJ's measurements to #2 pick Thabeet.  And after the season it seemed obvious that, if you're only going to win 19 games, maybe a project like DJ could have played a little bit more.

Gotta go and don't have time to give this topic the full zhiv, but I thought DJ was a mixed bag in yesterday's game.  The post moves were great to see.  I was surprised at him going to his right hand, and would like to see what he does going to the middle with his left, off that right block.  He obviously gets his dunks and he's a strong finisher, which we can appreciate after watching Mr. Flippy.  You could put DJ and Blake Griffin out there as starters for the entire season and my guess is that they would do a good job on the defensive boards together, and get better and better year by year.

The thing I was dissapointed by was DJ's lack of a defensive presence.  There's more to be said on this, but he doesn't seem to be hanging back as a shot blocker.  There's also the free throws, where it would have been nice for him to show some progress.

Gotta go!

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