Skip to content

Doc Rivers lobbied other coaches to vote DeAndre Jordan an All-Star. It won’t be enough.

Jan 30, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers v Boston Celtics Getty Images

Later on Thursday the NBA All-Star Game reserves will be announced — and in the Western Conference frontcourt a couple deserving guys will get snubbed.

The fans voted in Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love as the starters. There likely will be four (maybe five) front court replacement players from a group including LaMarcus Aldridge (a lock to make it), Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, David Lee, Serge Ibaka, Anthony Davis and Zach Randolph.

Notice that the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan wasn’t on that list. However in Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers’ ongoing efforts to boost the confidence of Jordan, he lobbied other coaches to get him on the team, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Clippers coach said Wednesday he had lobbied his fellow Western Conference coaches to cast an All-Star vote for center DeAndre Jordan, who has become one of the game’s elite big men in his sixth NBA season.

“I got a great response,” Rivers said, “but that’s why you go under a curtain and you vote for real because [they say], ‘Yeah, I’m going to vote for him’ and then they [pull] that other lever.”

Jordan has improved as a player this season, particularly on the defensive end. Asked to protect the rim and quarterback a lot of the Clippers defense, Jordan has blocked 2.4 points a game and has a defensive rating against of 98 (which is improve a few points per 100 possessions over previous years. He leads the league averaging 13.9 rebounds a game and is second in total rebound percentage (he grabs 21.7 percent of the available rebounds when on the court).

But Jordan is not elite. Not at either end of the court.

And with all due respect, he’s not an All-Star. Not in front of the names listed above.

  1. losanginsight - Jan 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Sorry Doc, this guy is not an all star. Maybe in the JV EC but not in the Wild West. Doc can pray and wish that DJ can magically become an elite player but he’s not consistent and doesn’t show up every night. Maybe if DJ was on a bigger market team he would have a chance. Yes, I know Flop City West plays in Staples Center but here in LA they are viewed the same as the Jalos of Orange County. Keep hoping Doc. No wonder why Sterling only gave him a 3 year coaching deal.

  2. moemoe18 - Jan 30, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Does anyone know if he cant play offense or does Doc just not run plays for him ?

  3. jerdogthompson - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    He’s not what I call a primo offensive post player. That said, Doc has run some plays for him. Just think though, with the #1 ranked offense in the NBA (since CP3 has been out) he is clearly the fifth option on the floor at any given time. His job is to rebound (#1 in the league) and anchor the defense. Oh and posterize any chump dumb enough to get between him and the basket (he’s made many posters this year).

    He flat out deserves to be an All-Star, there is not a more athletic big in the game. Plus his numbers prove it.

    • casualcommenter - Jan 30, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Among Western Conference Frontcourt players, he’s not better than Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, etc.

      Jordan is a 9.5 points per game, 13.5 rebounds per game player. Most of the guys I mentioned rebound almost as much as Jordan but score twice as many points. The only guy I mentioned who has significantly fewer rebounds per game than Jordan is Kevin Durant, who scores 3 times as many points per game as Jordan.

      Jordan’s numbers don’t prove anything compared to those guys.

  4. itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    as a clippers fan even I don’t quite believe that DeAndre should make the all star team mainly because of offensive abilities (or lack there of). however, I really want to see him to in the dunk contest. he would destroy all competition and it would be extremely entertaining

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2016)
  2. K. Irving (1631)
  3. A. Davis (1512)
  4. L. James (1421)
  5. K. Durant (1411)
  1. K. Bryant (1350)
  2. R. Rubio (1335)
  3. T. Thompson (1210)
  4. J. Clarkson (1142)
  5. A. Aminu (1122)