Known for his defensive skills, Jordan is a little past his prime but can still make a difference for a team, especially on the boards.
Plus, he worked very well with head coach Doc Rivers in the past when they were both working for the Los Angeles Clippers.
DeAndre Jordan tonight:
The Sixers were +8 when he was on the bench. pic.twitter.com/3DaTugYXea
— StatMuse (@statmuse) May 3, 2022
However, his performance with the 76ers on Monday night was nothing to write home about.
He ended the game with just 17 minutes and 2 rebounds.
Additionally, his plus/minus was -22 and when he was sitting on the bench, the Sixers were +8.
Is Jordan going to end up looking like his old self soon?
Jammed Up Jordan
The 76ers need him to look like his old self as soon as possible because they are definitely lacking defense right now.
That’s because their lead player, Joel Embiid, is currently out with an injury.
Without him, Jordan is much more important – but only if he’s working as he should.
This season, Jordan averaged 9.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
While the team isn’t expecting him to be putting up that many points, he will need to secure more rebounds than just two.
The Miami Heat are an incredibly tough team and the 76ers have a major challenge ahead of them.
Not only are they hard to defend, but they are also super tough at stopping their opponents.
Plus, most of them are quite a bit younger than Jordan, meaning they have more speed and ferocity.
In all reality, Jordan was brought onto the team as a bench player and has been forced to step it up because of Embiid’s absence.
So far, that isn’t working out very well.