Jerome Jordan, a 28-year-old journeyman who doesn't even have a guaranteed contract, seems to have pulled in front of Mason Plumlee in the Nets rotation. Plumlee started 22 games last season for the Nets and was named to the All-Rookie Team.
In the last four games, Jordan has played 37 minutes, almost double Plumlee's 19. Over those four games, Jordan scored 10 points and grabbed 11 boards, while Plumlee recorded 10 and four. Against Philadelphia, Jordan entered the game before Plumlee and played four minutes to Plumlee's 1:24. The Duke product won't say he's frustrated but has said this is not what he expected this season. He went 16-6 as a starter last season and then was part of Team USA's gold medal winning effort in the World Cup.
There's been a lot written about Plumlee, but not much about Jordan other than Reed Wallach's profile here earlier this month and now Steve Siminieri's. Simineri chronicles Jordan's long journey from Jamaica to Brooklyn, with stops in Tulsa for college, Serbia, Slovenia, a couple of stops in the D-League and summer league tryouts, as well as his one short season with the Knicks.
"I always envisioned myself here sooner or later. Thankfully it was sooner," Jordan told Simineri about making the Nets. "But all those places helped bring me to who I am today. So I’m glad for the journey and experiences and just enjoying the moment."
One issue for the Nets. They have signed him to a one-year deal, meaning he's a free agent come July. If he continues his good play, will he command more than the vets minimum then? That could limit the Nets, assuming they're still over the luxury tax, to all or part of the mini-MLE. Of course, July is a long way away.
- Jerome Jordan’s Unusual Journey To Brooklyn - Steve Simineri - Double G Sports
Report card: Plumlee struggling, but Nets need to stand by him - Brian Erni - SNY Nets