Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr
Born in Houston, Texas, Deandre Jordan has always been a cowboy. Deandre was a household name in Houston by the end of his senior year. He was an All-Greater Houston Area selection twice by graduation. Recruited by several top programs for college, DeAndre chose to stay in state. He committed to Texas A&M University. He played one year for the Aggies, making the Big 12 All-Rookie team. He declared for the 2008 NBA draft after the season.
DeAndre's draft stock was not strong. Most experts had him going late in the second round. Come draft day, DeAndre stayed on the board until the Los Angeles clippers took him with the 33rd pick. DeAndre sat for most of his rookie year. In January of 2009, injuries gave him his chance. DeAndre proved a monster. As the Clippers built around him, DeAndre improved his rebounding and defense. DeAndre spent nine years with the Clippers which included several deep playoff runs but no rings. In July of 2016, DeAndre went back to Texas. He signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. In a multi-player trade, DeAndre Jordan found himself in the city that doesn't sleep with the New York Knicks.
- When DeAndre first tried to sign with the Mavericks in 2015, several key Clippers flew to his home in Houston to change his mind
- DeAndre has led the league in field goal percentage five times in his career
- DeAndre’s 10 dunks in one game had only been done by Dwight Howard and Shaquille O’Neal in the past 10 NBA seasons
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