Former NBA Champion Explains Why Brooklyn Nets Cannot Win the Championship Without DeAndre Jordan

Published 04/13/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) is defended by Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) in the first half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


When the Los Angeles Lakers were about to enter their matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, they were predicted to come out as losers. Not only were they missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but they also did not have Kyle Kuzma, Marc Gasol, and Wesley Matthews. However, the tables turned as soon as Kyrie Irving was ejected mid-game because of a scuffle with Dennis Schroder, who was also asked to leave.

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Despite everything, the purple and gold ended the night on the winning side. So, what went wrong for the Brooklyn Nets? This is a team that made the best trade moves this season and formed a super team. Yet, they were defeated by an under-manned franchise. It seems like Kendrick Perkins knows what’s going wrong.

Ever since the Nets added James Harden, Blake Griffin, and LaMarcus Aldridge to their roster, they’re the team everyone has been betting on will snatch the repeat from the Lakers. But Perkins thinks that unless they play DeAndre Jordan, the Nets have no shot at a title.

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“I get it, Steve Nash is catering to LaMarcus Aldridge and Blake Griffin. But the Brooklyn Nets are not going to win the championship without playing DeAndre Jordan,” Perkins asserted. “They have to play him. He is the center that is going to anchor their defense. He’s the best live threat that they have, going to the basket. So, where’s DeAndre Jordan right now? He damn sure shouldn’t be getting DNP’s.”

Mar 26, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan (6) goes to the basket on Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant (9) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Why aren’t the Brooklyn Nets playing DeAndre Jordan?

The Nets had to make changes to their roster when they added Griffin and Aldridge to the rotation. A starter for almost the entire season, he has now been DNP-CD for four games. In fact, it has been twelve games in a row that he hasn’t had any playing minutes in the fourth quarter.

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However, Jordan is here with the Nets for at least two more years and can be considered their safety net. Both Griffin and Aldridge are 30-years-old and one unfortunate injury can have them sidelined for games. In that case, they’ll a former rebounding champion to bank on.

While the other two have shown that they struggle against more dominant teams, then Jordan is the best choice for them heading into the playoffs. Although he hasn’t been the same dominant center as he was before, only time will tell if he can step it up when it counts.

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Read also- Blake Griffin Hints DeAndre Jordan Played a Role in His Decision to Join Brooklyn Nets Over Lakers and Clippers

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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