At 34, DeAndre Jordan knows he will only have a back-up role to play in the NBA. After having worked for the Sixers, behind Joel Embiid at the end of last season, the pivot will continue with the cream of positions 5 since we will find him in the Denver jersey at the start of the school year, in support of Nikola Jokic.
With his experience, DJ knows his role and his mission, starting with being productive in the field, regardless of the (little) time he will spend there.
“Everyone knows Nikola is the head of the snake, so obviously my role is to come off the bench, help our ‘second unit’ in terms of pacing, setting up screens, finding open guys, getting them some best shots, and finish everything I can in transition. Taking offensive rebounds, controlling the racquet for our team, and also being a defensive presence for as long as I’m around.”he listed the Denver Post.
One goal, the title
If he is lucid about what his playing time should look like, the pivot signed over a minimum of one year veteran also intends to invest outside the field. For once, he will not have to force himself since he has developed a real quality of speaker over his fourteen years in the league.
“It’s just who I am, as a player, as a person. Since the Clippers, in my younger years, I learned from some great veterans to be a presence in the locker room, even if things didn’t go the way I wanted. I’ve done that throughout my career, and it’s something I’m proud of.”
It is for this set of qualities that DeAndre Jordan was chosen by the Nuggets. Little more, the pivot is always guided by the thirst for a still unfulfilled objective, that of winning the title of champion one day.
“I’m entering my 15th year, I was a second-round pick, I’ve done a lot of great things in this league, individually and also with the teams I’ve been on. I don’t pressure myself to prove anything. I know the type of player I am. I know the respect I have for myself and my peers have for me. Winning a title is the only thing that still motivates me at this stage of my career.he confirmed.
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