#1) DeAndre Jordan solid in starting role
The benching of Jarrett Allen and incorporation of DeAndre Jordan into the starting lineup was polarizing amongst fans, to say the least.
There were those that believed the move would act as a deterrent to Allen’s growth and development, but also those who pointed out Jordan’s impressive production over the span of the last several weeks and how he’s, maybe, just maybe, outplayed “The Fro” during that stretch.
Those amongst the latter can now feel justified—the move has yet to backfire. Though it must be mentioned that Jordan struggled, rather mightily, down the stretch, he did play a rather strong game up to that point. He finished with eight points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, off the bench, Allen was a thorn in the Lakers’ side on the offensive glass and was active on the defensive end—even switching off to perimeter threats several times.
Who knows what happens this summer, if Allen stays or if he’s dealt for returning assets deemed more complementary. He’s already amongst the best roll men in the pick-and-roll in the league at age 21 and has shown serious promise as a defensive anchor.
However, if the Nets view Jordan the better option in their title window, he has shown—be it in spurts—that he’s still a force in the interior. You could keep both players, that is totally an option in any offseason hypothetical, but it just seems more likely that it’ll be one or the other at this point. Sean Marks is on the clock.