Dallas Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan ranks 43 in SI’s Top 100

Dallas Mavericks DeAndre Jordan (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks DeAndre Jordan (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

New Dallas Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan checks in at 43rd in Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA Players countdown for 2019.

The Dallas Mavericks made a significant splash in free agency this offseason.  They finally signed DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers on a one-year deal worth north of $22 million.

Jordan should not need much introduction.  The Texas native is an All-Star and three-time All-NBA player.  He is also one of the absolute best rebounders in the league.

Jordan should fit well in Dallas.  The Mavs ranked 27th of 30 NBA teams in rebounding last season.  Jordan is also one of the most efficient field goal shooters in the league.  He will clean up the glass and does a lot of dirty work that will help Dallas improve as a team.

SI Top 100 players for 2019

Sports Illustrated released the second part of their annual Top 100 NBA Players list on Sept. 11.  DeAndre Jordan became the highest ranking Maverick at 43.  You can check out their full countdown here.

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Last year, Jordan ranked 28 on SI’s list.  He was due to fall in the rankings because his rim protection numbers decreased significantly as discussed in their countdown.  Falling 15 spots may have been a bit too far, though.

Former teammate Blake Griffin ranks 41, and Jordan deserves to be ranked higher.  Griffin has struggled to stay healthy and is a worse defender than Jordan by a significant margin.

Much of the rankings are subjective, but Jordan should rank around the top 40 players in the NBA.  That gives the Mavs three players in the top 100 and one massive snub, but more on that another time.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks summer addition DeAndre Jordan checks in at 43 in Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 NBA Players for 2019 countdown.  Jordan dropped 15 positions from last season but is still the highest rated Mav on the list.

Mavericks’ fans should be excited about the addition of DJ.  He improves any NBA offense.  It is the combination of being one of the best screen setters in the league, producing four offensive rebounds per game, and efficient field goal percentage (67.3 percent career shooter).  The pick-and-roll with Luka Doncic and Jordan could be something special this season, so stay tuned for that.

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