While DeAndre Jordan is a talented player, he’s often found on the bench come the closing minutes of a game – namely for two reasons. One, he lacks the ability to create his own shot and two, his free throw shooting is abysmal.
If the Clippers are leading, you don’t want him on the floor being forced to shoot free throws and if the Clippers are losing, you don’t want him on the floor because he can’t create any offense on his own.
That’s something the big man is looking to change, this according to the Los Angeles Times who says Jordan is adding some weapons to his offensive arsenal in hopes of being used late more often:
“There’s always some frustration,” Jordan said of not playing late in games. “The competitive players in this league, that’s what it’s about.”
“Last year, I got the ball a lot early on in the season and I was able to make moves and be productive down in the post,” Jordan said. “We went away from that a little bit, but I’m working on those same things. I’m working on an off-the-glass jump shot, a little face-up game. Hopefully some of that can be incorporated this year.”
Added moves or not, it’s going to take a relatively large improvement at the free throw line for Jordan to see floor time in the closing minutes and seconds.