A lot of rumors have recently been speculating about the Milwaukee Bucks being interested in trading for DeAndre Jordan this season. With superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo improving with each year, the Bucks are currently struggling to pull away in a weaker Eastern Conference. No moves have really been made since last season other than bringing in Eric Bledsoe, which was a great addition, but not a season-changing move. Here’s why trading for DeAndre Jordan would be the perfect move for the Bucks this season.
To first look at why the Bucks could use DeAndre Jordan, you must look and respect that player that Jordan has become at this stage in his career. He was just selected to his first All Star Game last season, which honestly is a bit unfair as he should’ve been selected in seasons prior. But the center is practically seven feet tall and will practically guarantee you a double-double a night in points and rebounds, not to mention getting at least one block per game. As it currently stands, Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only player picking up a ton of boards each night. Adding DeAndre Jordan would not only increase their rebounding percentage as a team but also take some of the weight off Antetokounmpo so that he could focus on other areas of his game. Pairing DeAndre with Giannis would create mismatches for almost every other NBA team, leaving them with an edge on the offensive end.
Feeding off this idea, DeAndre Jordan would simply improve this Bucks roster in the areas that they’ve been struggling in not only this season, but the past few. Currently, the Bucks sit in last place in the league in opposing three-point shooting percentage, allowing teams to shoot approximately 40% from beyond the arc. Now, it’s obvious that DeAndre Jordan isn’t going to guard players on the perimeter. But his presence alone under the basket will force fewer teams to have the ability to penetrate and easily dish out to an open player for three. Not to mention, a lot of made three-pointers come from offensive rebounds and second chance opportunities. Jordan would clean the boards with ease, preventing those easy second attempts from occurring. A shocking statistic this season shows that the Bucks are tied with the Hawks as having the lowest total rebound percentage, where DeAndre Jordan would immediately improve these numbers.
It does, however, depend on what they’d need to give up for Jordan for it to truly be worth the deal. Again, the only real difference made from last season was in trading for Eric Bledsoe, where they didn’t need to give up much to add him to the roster. Adding DeAndre Jordan could be the missing piece to the puzzle in Milwaukee to see their record really improve deep into the regular season. But it can’t be for too steep of a price. While many say Jabari Parker should be involved in the trade, I would disagree. Although there is an injury history to be considered with, Parker is still very young with a ton of potential. Imagining him healthy with Antetokounmpo and Jordan would make this team one of the best in the East, hands down. But there are other players on the roster that are certainly expendable, with multiple players having similar attributes and numbers that could be moved. With Giannis being at his very best this year, it may be time to shake things up in Milwaukee and add another All Star if given the chance.
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