April 10, 2019, 11:07 pmDeAndre JordanC, New York Knicks
DeAndre Jordan picked up his seventh straight DNP-CD on Wednesday night, ending his season with averages of 11.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, a career-high 2.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.1 blocks with a .641 mark from the field and a career-high .705 from the free throw line.
Jordan showed two new wrinkles to his game this season: increased playmaking chops (particularly with the Knicks) and vastly improved free throw shooting. His playing time was cut in New York – by the end of the season he was a 20-minute guy after getting 31.1 mpg with Dallas – but Jordan still provided the rebounds and field goal percentage while also managing to increase his blocks. The big man heads to free agency and should still have multiple suitors even as he ages. The big jump in free throw percentage to quasi-respectable levels is going to be key to his value going forward. A 70.5 percent conversion rate still isn’t the best, but if that can stay moving forward then you won’t necessarily be locked into a punt build by taking DJ. Andre Drummond’s jump and subsequent return to normalcy serves as your cautionary tale there. Jordan finished the year as a top-60/65 player in 8/9-cat leagues and was a top-65/80 player in total value because of a five-game absence for a sprained left ankle and all the DNPs.