Choosing the best player in Clippers history to wear No. 6 was an absolute no-brainer. And no, it’s not because only four players have ever worn that number in team history.
DeAndre Jordan is not only the best No. 6 in Clippers history, but overall one of the best players in Clippers history. He wore that number during his final seven seasons with the team. Trivia time, does anyone know what number he wore in the NBA during his first three seasons?
If you guessed No. 9, you’re correct!
Overall, Jordan is near the top in most offensive and defensive categories in Clippers history. Not bad for a second rounder.
The Clippers drafted Jordan with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his first two years in the league, Jordan didn’t really get too much playing time. He mostly came off the bench, as he only got 25 starts during those years. He averaged 15 minutes a game, but made them count, averaging about five points, five rebounds and a block in those minutes.
The next season is when Jordan began to get an opportunity, as he started 66 games. His minutes jumped to 25 a game, and he averaged seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks. In 2013-2014 Jordan was averaging 35 minutes a game. He led the league in rebounds that season with nearly 14 per game, along with the 2014-2015 season when he averaged 15 a game.
Slowly but surely, Jordan turned himself into one of the best centers in the NBA. He made the All-Star team in 2017, was voted 1st team All-Defensive in 2015 and 2016, All-NBA 1st team in 2016, and All-NBA 3rd team in 2015 and 2017.
In addition to his stellar play on the court, his most valuable quality was his health. From the beginning of the 2010 season until the end of the 2018 season, Jordan missed a total of only 13 games.
In the summer of 2018, Jordan left the Clippers, and signed a contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Here’s where Jordan ranks in franchise history:
- 750 games (1st)
- 21,045 minutes (2nd)
- 7,988 rebounds (1st)
- 1,277 blocks (1st)
- 7,078 points (8th)
- 448 steals (8th)
- .673 FG% (1st)
- 120.4 offensive rating (3rd)
- 76.3 win shares (2nd)
- 35 defensive win shares (1st)