What do former NBA players Mookie Blaylock, Tim Hardaway, Gary Payton, Chauncey Billups and current professional Jordan Theodore all have in common? At first glance, it isn´t hard to notice that all played the game they loved at one time or another featuring that bald head and all were point guards. The bald head of Theodore makes him a tad more experienced in appearance and gives opponents the vision that he has been around the block even if he just completed only his fourth professional season. All those former NBA great´s had illustrious careers in the world´s greatest league while Theodore is on the brink of captivating himself to a new level on the court having had his best season as a professional as for the first time he played for a great team the Fraport Skyliners that just won it´s third club title which had been in waiting for 12 years. When one is closely observing Jordan Theodore on the court, the first thing that stands out in his play is his presence on the court, but as a point guard and basketball conductor that is his job as he has to lead his team to a win every time on the court the same way music conductor Charles Dutoit guides an orchestra around the world in places like London, Paris, Berlin or Moscow. Theodore helped close out an amazing regular season in the Beko BBL finishing in the top 3 teams and conducting the club to the best Fiba Europe Cup record of 18-1. Now Jordan Theodore who is the pride and joy of Englewood, New Jersey that has brought world stars like John Travolta, Eddie Murphy, Tony Bennet, Lil Kim and Bill Parcells just to name a few has made that degree between him and the other basketball pride and joy of the 27,147 populated city 1981 NBA finalist Bill Willoughby who has the distinction of being the first player drafted in the NBA out of high school closer as he brought his hometown the 2016 Fiba Europe Cup title and now has ordered and gotten Englewood immortality stature. ”Bill and I have met a couple of times but I don’t know him that well. I read a lot about him growing up. Us being from the same town and me wanting to leave a legacy behind like he did. I haven’t made it to the NBA yet but I’m building a resume that a lot people can look up to”, added Jordan Theodore.
The ex Seton Hall(NCAA) standout who improved his scoring, rebounding and assists average each season and capped off his senior year playing 32 games averaging 16.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 82.7% also was responsible for feeding then teammate Jeremy Hazell more dimes then any kid could dish out on the counter of Matisse Chocolatier on Grand avenue in Englewood for a chocolate caramel apple as he finished as the third all-time leading scorer. Despite having a great Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) where he played 3 games averaging 13.0ppg, 4.3rpg, Assists-1(8.0apg), 1.7spg, the American wasn´t drafted by the NBA so came over to Europe. He played his first two seasons for losing teams in Turkey and last season for last placed JL Bourg Basket (France-ProA) where he played 17 games averaging 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2(6.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 21.6%, FT: 87.2%. His first three years didn´t necessarily serve as a resume booster as a point guard and his leadership qualities as a point guard as he was unable to lead his team to success. Theodore was definitely at a crossroad in his career, but Fraport Skyliner head coach Gordon Herbert took a chance on him and rejuvenated his career. In the past Herbert took gambles on players like Dashaun Wood who became the BBL 2010-2011 MVP after having injury woes the season before in Italy and led the club into the semi-finals and last season picked up Justin Cobbs who was a big reason why the team went from last to the playoffs and reached the Eurochallenge final 4. Theodore not only was the real deal, and now there is no debating that the American is in the same class as Skyliner legend Pascal Roller as one of the best the organization ever had as the club last won their second title in 2004. Even if Theodore only played a season with the Fraport Skyliners, just having helped the team win the Fiba Europe Cup title with his leadership and impressive stats including timely shots, passes, or defensive plays merits naming him as one of the best point guards the organization has ever had. “This season has been a blessing. My teammates and coaches have put me in a position to be successful and I just wanted to be at my best. Winning the fiba cup shows people that I’m one of the top point guards/ floor leaders in all of Europe”, stressed ex Seton Hall stand out Jordan Theodore.
Theodore was spectacular in the Beko BBl and Fiba Europe Cup in the 2015-2016 season as he was an MVP candidate in the German league where he played 31 regular season games averaging 14,7ppg, 3,3rpg and 4,7apg. He scored in double figures 24 times and had solid games against all the top teams with Alba Berlin, Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich. Who could forget his amazing 22 point game where he poured home 21 points in the second half of a win against FC Bayern Munich or his 28 point 10 assist explosion against BG Goettingen or his 24 points in a win against the always tough Ludwigsburg team on the road or his 19 points in the last regular season game in Berlin which he took as kind of revenge after being out dueled by Jordan Taylor in the last minute in the cup semi in Munich two months earlier. That wasn´t the last battle between the two Jordan´s either as they met again in the playoffs as Frankfurt swept Alba Berlin. He was just as exceptional in the Fiba Europe Cup as in 18 games, he averaged 14,4ppg, 3,4rpg and 4,6apg. He scored in double figures in 16 of 18 games and had big games against Maccabi Rishon with 27 points, 22 points against AEK and 20 points against FC Porto. He also was vital in the last minute in the Fiba Europe Cup final nailing a huge three pointer against Varese securing the title. Theodore was able to be that perfect basketball conductor and did what an exceptional point guard should do in that knowing precisely when to score on his own and when to be the ultimate playmaker. His three point shooting has always been under the microscope, but stats don´t lie as this season, he has considerably improved his outside shooting as he finished the regular season at 38,6% and in his first three seasons as a professional never cracked the 30% mark from downtown. Going into the Fiba Europe Cup Final 4, he was at 40% from the parking lot. However his biggest strength is his penetration where he is as deadly as that lethal cobra strike where his quick first step and speed there after make almost every attempt automatic points unless he is rudely fouled. He has that dominance getting into the lane and finishing like Dashaun Wood had in Frankfurt, but also that calmness of picking his spots and making big shots like a Justin Cobbs did last season. One also can´t forget that Theodore also had an amazing supporting cast where distributing dimes to the big men Johannes Voigtmann and Mike Morrison or snipers Aaron Doornekamp and freak athlete Quantez Robertson at times looked as easy as Chris Paul finding the big man Blake Griffin. Fans were still waiting for that blindfolded alley-oop from Theodore to Mike Morrison as this duo made this highlight reel moment look as automatic as Lebron running the floor and finishing with authority .No matter what happens in his basketball world titles or not, he never hesitates to mention every day that basketball saved his life. “I do feel like Basketball has saved my life! Without this basketball my family put in my playpen, I don´t know where I would be right now. Ball has always been my life. It kept me off the streets and out of trouble. It’s taken care of my family and I. Put me through college. Taking me places I’ve never thought I’d be able to see. So making sure that every game I’m ready and focus to play at my best. That’s just me thanking the game for all its done for me”, said Jordan Theodore. His quest for a second professional title was denied after sweeping Alba Berlin in amazing fashion by abruptly being sent home by ratiopharm Ulm. With that first professional title under his belt, he has made Englewood, New Jersey and Frankfurt proud, but also has brought him a step higher to the upper echelon of top point guards in the Beko BBL. It is no secret that his high achieving season has brought him much interest from the Beko BBL and elsewhere. Theodore has never been a guy short of self confidence, but his biggest challenge and step in his young professional career could start soon when he may be wearing that famous red jersey next season in southern Germany with FC Bayern Munich as he seems to be high on their wish list.