With 13 rebounds against the Golden State Warriors, DeAndre Jordan is now the Clippers’ all-time leader in total rebounds, surpassing the previous leader in former Clippers great power forward Elton Brand.
- DeAndre Jordan – 4711
- Elton Brand – 4710
- Loy Vaught – 4471
- Bob McAdoo – 4229
- Swen Nater – 4168
- Chris Kaman – 4109
- Blake Griffin – 3670
- Benoit Benjamin – 3538
- Randy Smith – 2985
- Ken Norman – 2916
Given DeAndre Jordan’s status entering the NBA, being the 35th overall pick in the 2008 Draft, his transition to franchise-leading rebounder is an impressive one, transforming himself from fringe rotation player and starter under Vinny Del Negro to one of the best rebounders and big-man defenders in the NBA under Doc Rivers.
Since becoming the Clippers’ full-time starting center in 2010-11, only Dwight Howard (4140) has grabbed more rebounds than Joran’s 4109, and in the same span, grabbing at least 100 more offensive rebounds (1354) than the next closest person, Greg Monroe (1220).
And as of now, Jordan is 14th in the league since the 1985-86 season for counts on 20-rebound games with 23.
Last season, Jordan lead the NBA in rebounds per game for the first time in his career, grabbing 15 boards per game, becoming the first player since Kevin Love (15.2) in 2010-11 to average at least 15 rebounds per game, and the fourth since Dennis Rodman‘s five seasons in the 1990s of averaging 15 or more rebounds — as of now, Detroit’s Andre Drummond is on par to hit the landmark, and if he keeps up his production, blow it out the mark as he currently averages 19.5 per game.
When comparing Jordan’s status as a rebounder in comparison to all former Clippers to how he stands against the rest of NBA history, the former Texas A&M big man has a long ways to go before scratching the surface and being mentioned statistically alongside the Shaquille O’Neal‘s, Kevin Garnett‘s and Tim Duncan‘s of the NBA. As of now, DJ sits at 257th all time, right above Lakers great forward James Worthy.
If Jordan can remain healthy, he’ll surely move up the ladder, catching the likes of Bill Walton, Kenyon Martin, LeBron James, and other notables along the way. Where it could end for the big man? If Jordan’s 2013-14 rebounding numbers — 1114 — can repeat themselves for the next five seasons, could sit at roughly 10,200 career rebounds by the end of the 2019-20 season, which would place him among the top-50 rebounds of all time and near where Shawn Marion (10,101), one of the league’s best non-big rebounders, stands.
In doing so, DeAndre Jordan’s rebounding title as Clippers franchise leader could be in a place that could be labeled as untouchable, though the right prospect and timing could supply the Clippers with a big man who, from Day 1, could threaten Jordan’s hold on the title. But until then he’s the sole leader and his end has no concrete ceiling barring injury, and none of it happens without Jordan’s dedication to becoming a better player.
This season, Jordan is averaging 13.4 rebounds per game.