If you were building a team and had to choose between,
Player A: 6.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 blocks, .36 FG%, 11.3 PER,
Player B: 10.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 2.3 blocks, .59 FG%, 16.8 PER,
who would you choose? Without a doubt I’m sure the average person would choose ‘Player B’ due to being the better player based on this set of statistics. Player B is Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan while Player A is Brookyln Nets center Kevin Garnett.
Just seeing their respective stat lines brings me back to the offseason when the Los Angeles Clippers were doing everything in their power to get the Boston trio (Rivers, Garnett, Pierce) to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan and picks. Due to a few things the NBA felt was an attempt to bend the system in order to nab the trio, David Stern stepped in an forced the Clippers organization to pick: either the head coach in Doc Rivers or the two future hall of famers in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Of course the Clips chose Rivers and the NBA made it illegal for the two teams to make a trade for an entire year.
Fast forward to the beginning of December and the Clippers are doing fine while the player duo of Garnett and Pierce are struggling mightily in their new Brooklyn homes. This struggle has forced some to bring up a possible trade scenarios involving the two clubs which leads to the question: at this moment would you trade DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett?
While I respect everything that Garnett has done in his career, I’m failing to figure out how the Clippers would improve by trading for a player who has become a shell of last years shell. He’s looked a step slow, the patented jumpshot of his isn’t falling (37.6%) and looks closer and closer to retirement.
On the opposite end of that, Jordan is having the best season of his short career. Defensively, thing could be better, but the troubles stem from poor perimeter defense, a bench being worst defensively than the starters unlike last season and Jordan learning Rivers scheme. Improvement has been shown over the course of the first month which leaves me a bit optimistic on where DJ could be come April. The Defensive Player of the Year bragging that Rivers did prior to the season won’t be it, but he’s on his way to being one of the better rim protectors in the league. I think enough time under Rivers and he’ll become the center we all figured he’d turn out to be.
I’ve told which side I’m on, so let us know what you’d do in a poll and comments below.