DeAndre Jordan is happy with how far he’s made it with Team USA

DeAndre Jordan is getting better and better each year. Now, at 27 years old and coming off the best season of his career, D.J. is getting a chance to work out in Team USA minicamp, and he's not taking the opportunity for granted.

Here's more from Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Jordan averaged 11.5 points and a league-leading 15.0 rebounds per game this past season. It was the second year in a row he's topped the NBA in boards. He added to the accolades with appearances on the First-Team All-Defense Team and Third-Team All-NBA.

(h/t L.A. Times)

“It’s fun to be thought about as a guy that they would consider to have a shot at the national team,” Jordan said. “It’s something that we all dream about when we’re kids — winning the gold medal and that stuff. That’s the highest and just to be a part of that and have that chance is cool.”

Jordan’s chances appear somewhat iffy given that you seemingly couldn’t go 10 feet on the Strip this week without running into an All-Star or a former gold medalist — designations that Jordan has not achieved in his seven-year NBA career. He did recently add a few impressive lines to his resume when he was selected to the NBA’s first-team defense and picked as the league’s third-team center.

Jordan also mimicked some of the game’s biggest stars by skipping the voluntary USA Basketball Showcase on Thursday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul were among the 20 players on the 34-man roster who opted out of the event, leaving the Clippers’ Blake Griffin as arguably the biggest remaining draw.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin will finally get a chance to play for Team USA

Clippers’ Blake Griffin will finally get a chance to play for Team USA

Griffin looked like it for much of the second half of his White Team’s 134-128 victory over the Blue Team, driving around Kenneth Faried for a one-handed dunk and later taking a pass off the backboard from Michael Carter-Williams for a windmill dunk. Griffin scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds and four assists.