Here is your fact of the day that you probably knew, but never took the time out to officially confirm: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan led all players in alley-oop attempts and makes in the 2013-14 season per NBASavant.com‘s shot-tracking system.
2013-14 Alley-Oop Leaders (per NBASavant.com)
That’s Jordan’s game–at least in regards to offense.
Without it, Jordan wouldn’t be a starter in the NBA. He can’t space the floor–a trait that would fit well alongside Blake Griffin and he’s unable to create for himself whether in isolation settings a la the Al Jefferson’s and Zach Randolph’s of the NBA. That leaves him on option, playing above the rim, and there’s no better center in the NBA than Jordan when it comes to that area.
In the pick-and-roll with Chris Paul or any other Clippers guard, Jordan’s finishing threat opens up the floor for the shooters around him–defenses have to decide between bumping a rolling Jordan toward the rim or sticking to the shooter (Redick, Barnes, etc.) on the wing. If Griffin is involved in the pick-and-roll with the lead guard, defenses have to choose between allowing Griffin to reach the hoop with momentum or stepping up which almost always ends in a Griffin-to-Jordan alley-oop.
In fact, Jordan leads the league in alley-oops attempts and makes dating back to the 2010-11 season, as far back as NBA Savant’s tracking system dates, with 331 makes, more makes than anyone else has attempted (most attempted was Tyson Chandler with 302). Fourth in most-alley oops since the 2010-11 season is Jordan’s teammate in Blake Griffin. Considering LA is ‘lob city’, Griffin’ high inclusion on this is list isn’t shocking.
It’s an interesting number to look at. Alley’s aren’t all Jordan does on offense, but they’re a big part of his game. It’s probably a safe bet to assume he’ll lead the lead in that category in 2014-15.