Playing in his 9th season in the NBA, DeAndre Jordan will become an All-Star for the first time. It was recently announced that he was voted in by coaches and will come off the bench as a reserve in this year's All-Star game. The Clippers big man will be the only representative from his team team to play in the game this year. Jordan will be just one of two centers on the roster; the other being Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies.
This season, DeAndre is averaging 12.4 PPG, 1.8 BPG, a league-high 13.8 RPG and is shooting a league-high 69.3% from the field. He is also shooting 50.8% from the charity stripe, up more than 7% from last season.
Unlike most people on this earth, DJ had an amazing 2016. For the 2015-2016 season, he was voted onto the 1st Team All-NBA roster as well as 1st Team All-Defense roster. On top of that, he won his first Olympic gold medal with Team USA.
Only one question remains: will he ever do the Slam Dunk contest?
A few years ago when asked the same question, DeAndre told the media that he would only participate if he made the All-Star team first. Now that he has achieved that, the NBA reportedly reached out to him, inviting to compete among Aaron Gordon and others on All-Star Saturday night. DJ joked that he would only do the dunk contest if they would also let him compete in the 3 point contest:
The 2017 NBA All-Star game will be held February 17 in New Orleans.