Per 36 Minutes:
Sometimes storm clouds sit visibly on the horizon. Other times the sun lights up a cloudless sky on a perfect spring day. But mostly, days are just days. Partly sunny and partly cloudy blend; neither glorious nor awful. Such days rarely merit entry into conversation. What’s the point? In truth, if we ever reminisce about such days it is usually to mark the time before the interesting weather arrived.
Jerome Jordan’s rookie season was like 21 days of utterly unremarkable weather. Should we ever find ourselves reminiscing about it at some future date, (barring the tragic) we will almost certainly be puzzling over the rather unassuming start to his career. To be fair, Jordan resembles (if one squints) a useful backup big. Similar to Boston’s Ryan Hollins, if not as athletic. Jordan is quality depth. But given the team’s affinity for Josh Harrelson, Jordan may be near-superfluous depth. Jordan saw very limited action this year despite significant injuries in the frontcourt. When asked about the prospect of playing Jordan in March, with Jeffries and Stoudemire still out, Coach Woodson did not exactly give a ringing endorsement.
‘Would I be scared to throw him in there if we got in foul trouble and needed to use him?’ Woodson said earlier in the week. ‘Absolutely not. I think he can give us some positive minutes, but not big minutes. He just hasn’t played enough.’
I like Jordan, but him seeing significant time in NY would likely follow a pretty significant roster shakeup.
Grades (5 point scale):
Offense:3.5 — He generally only shoots layups and dunks, but he has a little game.
Defense:INC — This was hard to assess in the few glimpses I saw.
Rootability:4 — I have seen two games live at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Arena (vs. Boston College and Tulsa), so I like Jordan and Jared Dudley for no other reason.
Performance/Expectations:0 — NBA 12th men, going back to the giants like Jack Haley, Scott Hastings, and Paul Shirley have a legacy to uphold. We expect them to be interesting. We expect them to be in the twitterverse, in the blogosphere, or at least an interesting quote. Something. Jerome Jordan has not and is not. He goes to practice and just collects a paycheck, as if that’s all there is to being a 12th man. No movie reviews. No restaurant reviews. No Jamaican jerk recipes. No bible verses. No Nothing. And dammit, I’m not here to just hand out passing grades like candy.
Final Grade:0 — Be more interesting.