TBT: When DeAndre Jordan Absolutely Destroyed The Mavericks Last Season
What if we told you Mark Cuban might have made up his mind about the Mavs' primary free agent target way before July 1? What if we could show you the moment which could've convinced the Mavericks owner that signing free-agent-to-be DeAndre Jordan was the next step for the franchise? Because we think we've found it...
On February 9, 2015, the Los Angeles Clippers came to American Airlines Arena to face the Dallas Mavericks, who were just entering full-on crisis mode trying to accommodate their fickle new point guard, Rajon "Fuck You Coach" Rondo. The game was a tipping point in the season for the Mavericks, who could nary afford to lose to another Western Conference playoff contender, what with margins for making the playoffs in the west being so garsh darn thin (they ended up with 50 wins, which yielded a seven seed).
Of course, the Mavs lost 115-98, despite an heroic fourth-quarter effort by Charlie Villanueva -- a fact which only reinforced this team's need for a serious roster upgrade.
Oh ya, and DeAndre Jordan ended up with three blocks, a steal, 22 points and 27 rebounds -- the sixth most in a single game since 2010. You wanna know what Tyson Chandler did? One point in one minute played. You're kidding yourself if you think this stuff didn't tell the Mavs front office everything they needed to know about their offseason plans.
So if you were at all curious why Mark Cuban may or may not have been driving around suburban Houston, frantically checking house numbers and asking strangers where that freakishly tall family lives, it's this game. He wanted a big who had the capacity to dominate on both ends of the floor.
Hey, Kevin Seraphin! Make sure your phone is on this afternoon. Expect to get a call from a 214 area code.
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