DeAndre Jordan Rumors

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DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
Position: C
Born: 07/21/88
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $10,375,678
The strategy runs contradictory to the wall-building opposing defenses typically do against Antetokounmpo, but not something totally foreign to Antetokounmpo. Two seasons ago, in coach Mike Budenholzer’s first season with the Bucks, the 76ers tried a similar strategy with Joel Embiid playing the role Jordan played Sunday against the Bucks. In those two games, Antetokounmpo put up a career-high 52 points in a 130-125 loss on March 17, 2019, and then scored 45 points in a 128-122 win on April 4, 2019. When asked about the strategy by The Athletic postgame, Antetokounmpo had a little fun. “It’s hard,” Antetokounmpo said. “I don’t like when teams play me one-on-one. I don’t like it all.”
While Antetokounmpo initially joked about the one-on-one coverage from the Nets, he eventually revealed that it can actually be difficult to play the way he did on Sunday because it goes against his natural basketball inclination. “To be serious now, it’s kind of hard because my whole life I’ve been wanting to create, either for myself or my teammates,” Antetokounmpo said. “That is my first instinct. Finding guys and going through cracks, throwing it to the dunker, throwing to the 3-point line, that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life. Sometimes, I go in with a mindset that that is what I’m going to do tonight and then all of a sudden, you’re like, ‘Whoa. Nobody’s helping. Nobody’s double-teaming. I have so much space.’ And you kind of gotta switch your mindset during the game, like this night is not going to be a night where you’re going to create. This is going to be a night where I gotta get to a spot and execute.”