DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge are two names that have already been linked to the Dallas Mavericks pursuing this upcoming free-agency, but who’s the better fit?
Now when looking at both these players it’s important to remember that the chances of the Mavericks acquiring both are very slim so it’s far more likely Dallas will be able to sign just one if at all. For now lets assume one of these players will be in Dallas and we had to select which one.
For me it’d be very simple, I’d go with the younger and more athletic DeAndre Jordan, ignore the fact I’m an Aggie and would love a former Texas A&M player to join the Mavs. DeAndre Jordan is only 26 and entering the prime of his career and is arguably a top 3 center in the league. I like to think of him as a younger version of Tyson Chandler but a little better defensively and just as good finishing around the rim. His downside is his free throw shooting of course but it’s possible that may become less of an issue if there’s a rule change this summer, still very much up in the air. DeAndre Jordan has outplayed Dwight Howard in the playoffs who outplayed Tyson Chandler in the first round so logic’s simply enough no?
Now DeAndre Jordan will want the max and although Tyson Chandler will come a little cheaper and is a great leader off and on the court Chandler isn’t getting any younger and that’s always been a growing concern for the Mavericks. DeAndre Jordan can only get better and with an aging Dirk you need a young athletic center to help man the interior. Jordan can only get better and at the center position I can only think of Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins as better all around centers.
LaMarcus Aldridge on the other hand is a very good player and an All-Star power forward who can score from all around the court. He can post you up or simply just shoot over you from mid-range, he’s a Dallas native and would be interested in coming to play for his hometown.
Now that’s all fine and dandy but my concern with him is his age, 30, and the fact that I’m not sure if he’s a player that can carry you to a championship. He’s not a great defender, doesn’t have the athleticism and mobility to really shut down other big men down. He’s a great player don’t get me wrong I’m just not sure if he’s the type of player you bring in to be the focal player of your franchise. If we sign LeMarcus Aldridge then we more than likely re-sign Tyson Chandler and then that leaves the backcourt a mess, most importantly without a point guard.
If the Mavs aren’t able to acquire an above average point guard then the best scenario is to find a 2-guard that’s a very solid defender while having an elite interior defender such as DeAndre Jordan. That’s not an easy for me or most Maverick fans to say because Tyson Chandler has been nothing but great in the two seasons he’s been here, the ultimate professional and leader. Nothing personal towards Tyson I just think DeAndre Jordan is an upgrade both short-term and long-term.
The biggest issue I see with the Mavs chances of signing DeAndre Jordan is the deeper the Los Angeles Clippers stay in these playoffs the harder I believe it’ll be for Jordan to leave. It’s not easy to leave a title contender with a budding superstar in Blake Griffin still in his prime, a major reason why I was rooting for the San Antonio Spurs to win game 7 in L.A.
In the end if Jordan says he’s interested in joining the Dallas Mavericks then there’s a chance and if I had a vote he’d be the player I’d choose over LaMarcus Aldridge.