This week's most unforeseen stat line

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C DeAndre Jordan
Vs. Lakers on 1-21
23 points on 11 of 12 shooting, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks

See how it all went down, after the jump...

Who says there are no good young centers in the NBA? Wednesday in LA, one of the best put forth arguably his best effort of the season, while another may have started to make a name for himself.

The headlines Wednesday went to the Lakers' Andrew Bynum, and rightfully so. Bynum went off for 42 points (on over 70 percent shooting), 15 boards, and three blocks. He is my age, 21 years old. On Wednesday I think I watched tv, played video games, and ate Ramen Noodles. We're pretty similar, I'd say.

But for fantasy purposes, perhaps the performance of Bynum's opponent Wednesday, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who is actually younger than Bynum, was even more impressive.

From Ball Don't Lie:

The Clippers were up for this game. Steve Novak (14 points) got hot early on, even engaging in a little shoot-off with Kobe Bryant at one point, and rookie DeAndre Jordan (23 and 12) snuck behind the defense for a series of scores with Bynum on the bench in the first half. Not making an excuse for Bynum, Jordan was scoring on him in the second half when Andrew came back, but that's where the confidence came from. Fine work from the rookie.

It's still probably a little early to pick up Jordan - he's owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues - but he's for sure someone to keep an eye on in the second half.

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