Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.
Size: 6-11, 265 pounds
Experience: 11th season
Contract: After he opted out of the final season of his deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, Jordan signed a one-year deal worth a shade under $23 million with the Mavericks. He will return to unrestricted free agency next summer.
2017-18 recap: It was the first time in seven seasons that the Clippers had not won at least 60 percent of their games, barely cracking .500 at 42-40. In spite of that, Jordan still averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds. His shot-blocking was down a bit, but he still anchored the Clippers’ defense in a season when they traded Blake Griffin to the Pistons. That was a clear sign that the franchise was entering a rebuild and Jordan knew his time in LA probably was limited. He still produced numbers and played in 77 games.
2018-19 outlook: The Mavericks were challenged in the rebounding department, so having Jordan should immediately help that shortcoming. He also will help their offensive efficiency as he’s led the league in effective field-goal percentage five times in the last six seasons. It’ll come down to how well Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. mesh in the pick and roll, which figures to be an even bigger part of the Mavericks’ system this year. Luka Doncic working with Jordan is intriguing, too. And you might even see the high-low post of Dirk Nowitzki and Jordan. The bottom line is that having Jordan opens up a whole new array of options for coach Rick Carlisle.
Did you know? Jordan has shot at least 60 percent from the field in all 10 of his seasons. He had hit more than 70 percent of his shots in three consecutive seasons before last year, when the Clippers went through changes and he hit only 64.5 percent. Yes, he doesn’t stray far from the basket, so he’s expected to make most of those dunks and putbacks. But that sort of efficiency will only help the Mavericks.
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