Three years after leaving the Dallas Mavericks in a state of shock by doing a career U-turn to play for the L.A. Clippers, DeAndre Jordan is now in the process of repairing his image in the eyes of Mavs fans. As for the players, that part of the team’s history does not seem to be a biggie. Take for example Mavericks forward harrison barnes, who only had good things to say about the arrival of the bouncy big man in Dallas, per Dwaine Price of

Indeed, Jordan is going to check plenty boxes that went barely shaded for the Mavs last season, arguably none more important than his rim protection. Last season, Dallas ranked 29th in blocks with only 3.8 swats per game. Jordan would also bring a much-needed athleticism to the Mavs’ frontcourt after a season in which the likes of slow-footed men like Salah Mejri, Jeff Withey, and Maxi Kleber shared the workload in the paint. Nerlens Noel was supposed to be the guy providing that spring down low for Dallas but injuries and questions about his desire to compete limited his stock on the team.

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DeAndre Jordan comes to Dallas after playing his first 10 seasons in the NBA with the Clippers. He elected to decline a 2018-19 player option with the Clippers this offseason before agreeing to sign a one-year deal worth $22.9 million with the Mavericks, who are setting their sights on a possible playoff appearance following back-to-back years of missing the boat to the postseason.

In his last season with the Clippers, Jordan averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 77 games, all starts.