Expectations for Eric Gordon
what are everyone's expectations for Eric Gordon this season? I'm probably 1 of the few people out there who still think that Gordon is better than James Harden but injuries these last couple of years have slowed him down and everyone around the league seems to be forgetting just how good he is when healthy(which unfortunately isn't often) Besides from injuries and playing on poor teams I've always felt that there was no reason why Gordon couldn't play at the same level as guys like rose or westbrook because the talent is clearly there. Gordon hasn't played at 100% in 2 years and anyone who saw him play last year knows that quickness and explosiveness in his game just weren't there.
Gordon has played a total of 50 games for the pelicans the last 2 years and his hit 3 game winners with less than 10 seconds to go to win the game.
I expect Gordon to be fully healthy this season(though I thought the same last year) and to put up career highs across the board while pelicans have a chance to fight for a 7th or 8th seed. The pelicans don't have a starting caliber center or small forward on there roster yet they have guys like Ryan Anderson and tyreke evans coming off the bench. I think Gordon and Holiday will be the best backcourt in the NBA and that Gordon will make his first all star appearance which will be held in New Orleans this year which could also help his case.
Eric Gordon needs to polish up his ball handling before you can say he's better than James Harden or that he's at the Rose or Westbrook level. If he was, the Clippers wouldn't have been so quick to trade him along with the unprotected Timberwolves first round pick AND Aminu. If he were at that level, don't you think that would be deemed as a little lopsided for the Hornets? Especially since it was New Orleans that HAD to make a move to get something for Chris Paul, not the Clippers.
So harden is a better ball handler than Gordon but not by much, neither of them are great ball handlers anyway. And if u are getting the Best Point guard in the league of course you do that trade. If Chris Paul said he would re-sign with the thunder im sure the thunder would have traded westbrook for him.
So injuries aside what makes Harden better than Gordon?
Pretty hard to put injuries aside when they are such a huge factor...
But Harden is a very crafty ball handler, maybe not great, but extremely crafty which allowed him to get to the rim at will and shoot 10 free throws a game. The guy averaged more points, rebounds, and assists in his first year as the main guy than all of Gordon's career highs. And as far as shooting? Gordon's career numbers are 44.3/36.3/81.3 and Harden's are 44.1/37.0/84.2 so they are very similar at least percentage wise.
Stats aside, I am a really big fan of both. But Harden is the better all around scorer, rebounder, and distributor. Gordon is the better all around defender, but I think part of that was Harden using all of his energy on offense. When he adjusts I think he will be a good defender, but probably not quite as good as Gordon.
We are talking about a Guy who averaged 26, 5, and 6 in his first year as the main guy. I don't think Howard takes too much away from him either, because he got his 26 points on 17 shots per game. His percentages should gradually go up while maintaining around 25 a game. Not to mention his assists will probably go up, and as he adjusts to all the extra minutes, he will become a better defender and a better, more complete player.
Obviously hardens number this year were better than any of Gordon's stats of his career, when Gordon has only been healthy his first 2 seasons.
Gordon is actually the better all around scorer, hes the better shooter and gets to the rim better in half court situations cause of his first step and explosivness, he just doesnt rebound like harden so he cant take it coast 2 coast as much.gordon is better in crunch time and the much better defender.
Starting Small Forward, has the size and talent to be on the starting lineup, Gordon and Holiday can play of the ball, leaving Reke with a bit of freedom to do his ballhandling.
My only expectation is for him to become a Top 5 SG like most say he is.
If he can pick off where he left off with the Clippers, he should be the best SG in the league not named James Harden. Given his lack of health and struggles so far with the Hornets/Pelicans, I think that might be a little steep, but for the Pelicans sake, I hope he becomes the player they expected him to become when they traded for him.
If the Hornets can figure out their 3 guard rotation of Jru Holiday, Tyreke Evans, and Eric Gordon -- watch out 8th seed!
It's odd to me that Eric Gordon hype is still around. He's going on year 6 in his career and hasnt yet found a way to stay on the court. I will be shocked if he suddenly pulls out a 55+ game season.
They should of traded him. Misses games and whinges that he doesn't want to play for the hornets.
He misses so many games he should feel guilty about actually taking his full salary.
EJ has always been slightly injury prone, but these last two seasons have been the worse of his entire playing career. The two knee issues he's gone through have been the first major injuries of his career. He's still only 24 years old though and has time to turn it around.
I was talking to his Eric Sr not too long ago and he told me EJ's knee is now 100% and the knee issues are behind him. EJ is still rehabbing from the cleanup he had on his ankle, but is already close to 100%. Eric Sr has never been the one to take it easy on his sons and he said that this is the best summer EJ has had and he's impressed with the way he's taken care of his body. He's completely changed his diet (hired a personal chef), been doing yoga and strengthening his core, quads, etc. He's down to around 210 lbs, which is probably 10 lbs lower than what he's played the several seasons.
I think he's going to have a huge year. He's said his goal his to play all 82. We'll see...
Indiana Basketball you seem to know a lot about Gordon and his family. I'm sure you have noticed that Gordon has not looked anywhere near as good did as he did his last season with the clippers particularly before his wrist injury. With the clippers Gordon always had a couple highlight reel dunks a game and would get to the rim at will. These last 2 seasons with the hornets he hasn't looked no where as quick or explosive as he was and idk if that has to do with his knee injuries and spending a lot of the season just trying to get in shape. With the hornets he has looked slower and his ball handling has been sloppy and be has jump shot and has almost deceived him
You're right. Gordon hasn't been as explosive or quick these last two seasons. It's due to his injuries.
Similar to D. Wade, Gordon has had to deal with a nasty bone bruise in his knee due to banging knees. During his first season with the Hornets, he banged knees with Grant Hill so bad that it caused some damage to his articular cartilage. That's the reason he had the arthroscopic procedure to smooth the surface of the cartilage injury and cleanup/remove those loose bodies of cartilage in his knee. He returned that season, but he wasn't in the best shape/gained some weight and his quad wasn't at full strength either.
He lost a little weight going into his second season, but due to his quad not being strong, he ended up straining/inflaming his patella tendon during the off-season. He also got another bone bruise during off-season training with the Hornets. After suffering those two injuries, he basically had to shut it down. When you get a bone bruise, you basically just have to stay off of your knee until it heals. The reports were that his quad strength decreased significantly. When the bone bruise healed, he put in work with the Hornets training staff to strengthen his quad, but Gordon and his agent felt it'd be best if he got more personalized rehab. That's why he went to LA.
He came back during the season and basically just had to work off the rust. He started showing more quickness towards the end of the season, but was slowed by some scar tissue forming in the ankle. He got that cleaned up after the season. He's close to 100% from that procedure and has been training for awhile.
I really do expect him to resemble the player we saw during his last season with the Clippers and not the player we've seen the last two seasons.
Here are a few videos of Gordon last season:
Ya Gordon usually dunks on anyway and it did look like he was getting his quickness back towards the end of the season. I thought Gordon would be healthy going into last year until training came and he was hurt again. I just want Gordon to stay healthy so he can play at an all star level
Him to Harden I dont really see the similarities aside from the percentages. I think Harden has a much able to contribute in other ways thanm scoring. I think Gordons a good scorer and maybe a better shooter even, taking the fact that many of his teams were poor. I just dont see Gordons other dimensions as clearly as some of you guys. Can he put up big point numbers, yes and if healthy he probably will
My only expectation is to finally see him play at least 70 games healthy