If you’re keeping up with ESPN’s #NBARank you’ll notice that three Los Angeles Clippers have recently appeared on the list. We’ll go in chronological order:
77 (86) - DeAndre Jordan, C
This is way too high for DeAndre Jordan. He’s a good young center with a high center as a defensive leader, but he hasn’t shown anything in the past four years that would put him in the top 100 players. Based on this list, Jordan is better than Jonas Valanciunas, Marcin Gortat, Nikola Vucevic and Javale McGee. If I had to guess, potential and the addition of Doc Rivers are what got him this spot.. Maybe in several months we’ll revisit this to see if the voters were right, but for now it’s way too high.
92 (115) - J.J. Redick, SG
The biggest summer acquisition is just squeezing into the top 100. It’s fair. And expect his stock to rise, even after jumping 20-plus spots from last season. The average NBA fan thinks of Redick as “just a shooter”, but he’s a sneaky-good passer and a willing defender despite his size. This Clippers team will be the best team he’s been apart of, he’ll be playing alongside the “Point God” in Chris Paul and has a coach in Doc Rivers who will use him perfectly.
96 (111) – Jamal Crawford, SG
Crawford has taken a huge step up in ESPN’s ranking after that dismal year with the Portland Trailblazers. At this point Crawford is what he is and that’s a sixth man. And he excels at it. He’ll be playing the same role for the Clippers this season, bringing instant offense off the bench. Instant highlights. Dazzling crossovers. He’ll bring more fun as he competes for the Sixth Man of the Year award again.