It appears DeAndre Jordan is fitting in nicely with the Dallas Mavericks, and head coach Rick Carlisle is thrilled to have the high-flyer on board. Jordan signed a one-year, $22.9 million deal with the Mavs in July after spending the first 10 years of his NBA career with the L.A. Clippers.
Jordan, of course, agreed to sign with Dallas in 2015, but had a change of heart and went back to the Clippers. The Mavs have clearly forgiven Jordan and are ready for him to lead the team on the defensive end, while also being a force in the paint on offense. Carlisle says Jordan is a “perfect” fit with Dallas.
Carlisle said DeAndre Jordan has been fitting in extremely well. "He’s a great culture guy, he’s active, he’s vocal, he’s a leader," Carlisle said. "He’s got a loveable personality. He’s perfect for what we need and he's been great so far." @dallasmavs #Mavs
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Jordan averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds per game last season with the Clippers in 77 regular season games. He shot 64.5 percent from the field and figures to get even more easy looks this year playing alongside explosive point guard Dennis Smith Jr., prized rookie forward Luka Doncic, scoring swingman Harrison Barnes, and Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki.
Jordan will join Smith, Doncic, Barnes, and Wesley Matthews in the Mavs’ starting lineup. Dallas is going to have a hard time competing for a playoff spot in the rugged Western Conference this season, but they will surely surpass their 2017-18 win total of 24.