Clippers Sign DeAndre Jordan, Mike Taylor
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The Los Angeles Clippers today signed 2008 second round draft picks center DeAndre Jordan (35th overall) and guard Mike Taylor (55th overall) Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor announced.
Jordan and Taylor are both currently with the Clippers entry in the 2008 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. Through the first three games, Jordan is averaging 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 23.3 minutes, while Taylor is the teams third-leading scorer with 10.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 25.7 minutes in Las Vegas.
A dominating inside presence for Texas A&M during the 2007-08 season, Jordan averaged 7.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks during his freshman campaign. Jordan, 19, earned Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors and started 21 of 35 games. Jordan scored in double-figures 13 times and pulled down 10 or more rebounds six times.
Taylor was acquired by the Clippers on draft night from the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for a second round selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. Taylor, who averaged 14.5 points in 39 games for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA Development League in 2007-08, was selected by the Trailblazers with the 55th selection of the 2008 NBA Draft. Taylor, 22, enjoyed a successful 2006-07 season at Iowa State where he led the Cyclones in scoring (16.0 ppg), assists (4.5 rpg) and steals (1.1 spg) en route to earning Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and league coaches.